Tyler Newsome

Notre Dame
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Prospect Info

College
Notre Dame
Hometown
Class
GA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
218 lbs
30 1/4”
Hands
9 1/4”

Prospect Grade

4.92
Should Be in an NFL Training Camp
How We Grade

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Roger Tyler Newsome is lucky to be alive. He spent 17 days in the hospital after a car accident in May 2012, where he suffered several injuries including a fractured tailbone and ruptured spleen. He spent many months rehabbing those injuries, however, and eventually became an all-state kicker in Georgia. Notre Dame offered him a punting scholarship before he took over that position as a senior. He redshirted his first season in South Bend and then earned the starting punting (44.5 avg., 21 of 55 inside the 20, eight touchbacks, seven fair catches) and kickoff specialist jobs in 2015 (21 touchbacks on 84 kicks). Newsome focused on punting in the 2016 season (43.5 avg., 16 of 54 punts inside the 20, three touchbacks, seven fair catches), and improved his craft as a junior (43.6 avg., 19 of 63 punts inside the 20, four touchbacks, 17 fair catches). He set a career high with 44.7 yards per kick in 2018, forcing 13 fair catches and placing 19 of his 53 punts inside the 20 yard-line (with nine touchbacks).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Priority free agent
Overview
Newsome is a power-based punter with the ability to put together a big game like he had at Vanderbilt, where he had three punts of 60-plus yards, but he is much too inconsistent in striking the ball. Unless he can add better touch and consistency, he won't be able to make it in the league.
Strengths
  • Finished top-10 in the nation in hang-time
  • Has leg strength for extended field coverage
  • Follows through with good leg extension
  • Weather-tested
  • Strong; put up 30 reps at his pro day
  • Sees himself as a football player first, punter second
Weaknesses
  • Erratic as directional punter
  • Inconsistent with too many mis-hit balls
  • Allowed excessive number of return yards throughout career
  • Has had three punts blocked during career

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GRADE
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