In Part 1 of our look at Greg Newsome II, I discussed Greg’s role in his college defense at Northwestern (you can find that video here). At Northwestern, Newsome was often asked to play a “pattern match” coverage without relying on safety help.
In this video we take a closer look at his individual play. Greg is an aggressive and competitive cornerback, and opposing teams often attempted to eat up his potential safety help and to take advantage of his aggreessiveness. Like every corner, Newsome got beat on occasion. But more often than not he had the quickness to redirect to unexpected routes, the recovery speed to make up ground, and the hands to fight the ball out of receivers’ hands. When tested, he was also able to use his short-area athleticism to stop ball carriers in space.
These physical traits, along with his competitiveness are what I believe make Newsome a well-rounded prospect who was well worth the 26th overall pick.
You can find more analysis in the video below:
Up next, we’ll look at Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah and his fit in the Notre Dame defense.