The 2021 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. Here is the Jamie Newman 2021 NFL Draft Profile
Size: 6-foot-4, 230 pounds
Class: Redshirt Senior
2019 stats: 2,8268 passing yards, 26 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, 60.9 completion percentage, 574 rushing yards, six rushing touchdowns
Newman was one of the best high school prospects out of North Carolina and chose to go to Wake Forest. He redshirted in his first season on campus. In 2017, he was used in mop-up duty and completed two passes for eight yards, but did throw an interception. He played in six games in 2018, passing for 1,083 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions on 59.6 percent completion. The Demon Deacons went 7-6 after winning the Birmingham Bowl over Memphis. Newman started 12 games in 2019, throwing for 2,868 yards, 26 touchdowns and 11 interceptions on 60.9 percent completion. Wake Forest won eight games, but lost in the Pinstripe Bowl to Michigan State.
After the 2019 season, Newman decided to transfer to Georgia for 2020, but didn’t even play a snap before opting out. He will now prepare for the NFL Draft, where he is projected to be taken within the first few rounds.
Newman has the prototypical size for an NFL quarterback. He is 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds. His height allows him to comfortably see over his line of scrimmage. Weighing 230 pounds has allowed him to have good play strength and will also hopefully help him prevent injury. Both in the height and weight department, this is around where scouts want prospects to be.
He has some of the best arm strength in the draft class. Newman has the ability to really push the ball downfield and even specializes in throwing a good deep ball. His arm is so strong that he is able to fit balls into tight windows. There aren’t many balls that he throws that will be left hanging in the air, which is a huge advantage at the pro level.
His ability to move is great, especially for his size. Newman is able to pick up yards on the ground and was even used on a lot of designed runs. When the pocket breaks down, he can evade defenders and keep his eyes down the field for big plays. If no one is open, Newman can take off all on his own and pick up valuable yards.
He shows flashes of good accuracy, but it is very inconsistent. On deep balls, he will sometimes put the ball right on the money and others, not really give his receiver much of a chance. On short and intermediate throws, he doesn’t always put his receivers in the best position to make plays. If the ball is able to be caught, a lot of times it doesn’t give receivers the best opportunity to run after the catch.
While he has shown the ability to make multiple reads, he sometimes struggles with reading defenses. Newman threw 11 interceptions in 2019 and a lot of them were a result of not seeing a safety or linebacker over the middle of the field. If he did see them, he needs to work on his decision-making or not trust his arm to fit the ball into extremely small windows when it is not needed.
Newman only had one full season as the starter. Ideally, he would’ve been able to play this year of college football to get more reps and show improvement. Now he has to hope his physical tools, more than any great year of production will be enough for a team to draft him early.
Projected Draft Range: First Round Pick-Third Round Pick
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