NFL Draft Cornerback Rankings 2021: From The College Perspective

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NFL Draft Cornerback Rankings 2021: From The College Perspective

2021 NFL Draft

NFL Draft Cornerback Rankings 2021: From The College Perspective

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2021 NFL Draft Cornerback Rankings Top Five

5. Greg Newsome, Northwestern

Size: 6-0, 192

The Good: He’s an impressive combination of size, smarts, and speed, running a 4.38 with the quickness to stick to receivers like glue. He might allow catches, but he’s great at coming up with the tackle to stop the plays in their tracks, and he doesn’t give up much of anything down the field.

He might have only played in 17 games, but he made his presence felt in each one, coming up with 71 tackles and 20 broken up passes, growing into a playmaker who teams started to avoid. He attacks the ball and is a technician at getting the job done, but …

The Not-So-Good: He’s never healthy. He couldn’t get through a college campaign and there’s no way he’s going to last a 17-game regular season NFL run.

For all of the good things he does, he also gets dinged with a whole lot of penalties as he gets too aggressive to get after the ball. At the next level, you’re going to have to live through an adjustment period and a whole lot of flags coming his way.

And then there’s the one statistical concern – one interception. He broke up a lot of passes, but he only came up with one pick and he’s no factor whatsoever at getting into the backfield.

NFL Draft College Perspective Thought: If you can promise he can stay healthy, he’s got No. 1 NFL cover-corner skills to eventually take over as a terrific starter.

He was a huge factor in the success of the Northwestern defense. That group didn’t need any help up front, but it got it with Newsome not letting his man breathe, that that extra hesitation for most quarterbacks’ first read was often enough to ruin the play. He can do that at the next level.

Projected Round: First

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