The Packers are in need of a cornerback to replace Kevin King and could address this need in the draft. Greg Newsome is projected to be a second round pick. Newsome is one of the most underrated players in this draft class. Aside from his athleticism, his versatility would allow him to play outside or in the slot.
Newsome played college ball at Northwestern. The Northwestern corner doesn’t have the best career stats by any means with only 71 total tackles, 55 solo tackles, 16 assist tackles, 24 passes defended and only one interception. Even though Newsome wasn’t the best cornerback in college football, he is a “very hard worker,” according to draft experts. Also this season Newsome wasn’t targeted a ton and appeared in less games this season than his previous two seasons.
Newsome is a Versatile Corner
Newsome can play in the slot and on the outside which would be huge for the Packers. Green Bay is looking to fill both an outside corner and slot corner position. The Northwestern Corner models his game after Packers’ cornerback, Jaire Alexander, who is one of the best corners in the league. I love that Newsome would add some versatility to the Packers defense. If Newsome is there in the second round when the Packers are picking they should consider taking him.
Fits a need
The Packers struggled in the NFC Championship vs Tampa Bay. Especially in the secondary with the Bucs wide receiver core. Newsome would certainly help improve a secondary with many talented players. Newsome is a good fit to pair with Alexander, Amos, and Savage in the secondary.
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