2021 NFL Draft Profile: QB Jamie Newman
Jamie Newman had some attention on him after the 2019 CFB season. He decided to transfer out of Wake Forest to Georgia and was going to be the heir apparent to Jake Fromm, but he never suited up for the Bulldogs. Newman opted out of the 2020 season, and there are now significant questions regarding where his development stands.
His Wake Forest tape is good, but it shows a lot of holes that needed to be shored up. Is he ready to step onto the field and contribute right away as a starter? Or is he more of a long-term project in the NFL?
These questions are answered here in our scouting profile on Jamie Newman.
Weight: 235 lbs.
Arms: 30 1/2
Skills Breakdown (out of 100)
Accuracy (71): Newman is a difficult evaluation due to the fact that he opted out of the 2020 CFB season. He transferred out of Wake Forest to Georgia, but never played a down there. He’s extremely raw and needed to improve in multiple areas before he could be considered anything more than a developmental project. Newman struggles with accuracy at all levels of the field. Struggles to hit his receivers deep downfield and often under-throws or misses them by 10 yards. Is able to hit the layup throws underneath, but struggles to give his receivers a chance if they’re in tight coverage.
Decision-Making (70): Struggles with reading the field and particularly with telegraphing throws. Often stares down his receiver before pulling the trigger, which leads to zone defenders collapsing in and making a play on the ball. Needs to learn how to trust his read and get the ball out quickly. If his read isn’t there, he tends to drop his eyes and panic in the pocket and look for a way to get out or try and tuck the ball and run.
Mental Processing (71): Shows the ability to go through his reads, but as mentioned before, struggles with getting the ball out in time. Has a lot to improve in this area.
Arm Strength (76): Solid arm strength, but doesn’t know how to control it. Doesn’t have an understanding of how to combine his arm strength with touch on deep throws. Can often rely too much on his arm strength to get away with late throws, as mentioned before.
Pocket Presence (71): Tends to drop his eyes in the pocket and has more of a willingness to tuck it and run rather than stand in and wait for his receivers to get open.
Mechanics (73): Decent mechanics, but they’re still not leading to accurate throws at every level. Needs to develop this aspect of his game too.
Improvisation (70): Decent improvisation ability, but he tries to rely too much on his athleticism, which isn’t good enough to succeed against NFL-caliber defenders. If he tries to escape the pocket as much as he did on film at WF, he’s going to take so many unnecessary hits. Struggles to hit his receivers when throwing on the run, too, which doesn’t bode well for improvisation ability at the next level.
Poise (70): Is willing to stand in and take a shot, but it’s often because of his own doing.
Athleticism (73): Decent athlete who is able to get out on the move, but won’t be someone consistently relied upon for his movability. Overall, Newman is a developmental project who needs more playing time. Opting out of the 2020 season was what was best for him and his family and their health, but it certainly hurt his NFL Draft outlook. Newman is likely a Day 3 pick.
Grade on Deep Throws (20+ yards):
1. Joe Burrow: 98.5
2. Jamie Newman: 96.5
3. Dustin Crum: 96.3
– PFF Draft (@PFF_College) January 11, 2020
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– ACC Network (@accnetwork) November 24, 2019
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Projected Draft Range
Newman is most likely set to be a Day 3 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Ideal Fantasy Landing Spot
Due to the fact that Newman’s going to be a bit of a long-term project, he’ll need to start out as a backup and try to work his way up an NFL depth chart.
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