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5.17 ?
  • 4.73 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 21 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 34.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 117.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.31 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.63 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'3" Height
  • 33 1/4" Arm Length
  • 247LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands


2013: First-team All-MAC pick after playing in 12 games and starting 11. Led team in tackles for loss (11.5) and sacks (8). 2012: Second-team All-MAC pick after playing in 11 games and starting 10. Led team in tackles for loss (12.5) and sacks (8.5). 2011: Redshirted after transferring from Ohio State. 2010: Played in all 13 games and started one for Buckeyes. Newsome played primarily on special teams. 2009: Played in six games, no starts, for Buckeyes. Misc.: Missed Spring practice in 2011 due to academic issues. Was arrested in August of 2012 for marijuana possession and suspended for first two games of season.



Very good edge burst. Has a long second step and attacks the edges with speed and leverage. Flattens down the line -- good lateral pursuit. Can get depth in coverage and spot drop. Flashes explosive striking ability as a tackler.


Strength-deficient and gets hammered in the box. Thin-legged and narrow-based. Too light to set the edge. Limited cover skills -- is tight in the hips and not natural moving in reverse or coming out of breaks. Immature early in college career.

Draft Projection

Rounds 5-6

Bottom Line

A 4-3 open-side speed rusher ideally suited for an elephant end or 3-4 Jack linebacker role. Is at his best rushing the passer and has shown improved maturity since departing Ohio State before the 2011 season.
-Nolan Nawrocki
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.