Newman was getting a lot of buzz as a potential first rounder heading into the 2020 regular season. Then, the Wake Forest transfer opted out of the season for Georgia and sent his draft stock plummeting. Don’t be surprised if he’s a guy who starts to rise up draft boards again when he gets the chance to work out for them.
He might not be ready to take over Chicago’s offense immediately, but he’s just the sort of high-ceiling quarterback they should be targeting. The fact that Newman can likely be acquired with a second or thirds day pick only adds to his potential value for the Bears in future years.
Unlike both Jones and Trask, Newman is a good athlete who can get outside the pocket and make plays with his legs. He was arguably a more productive runner than thrower during his collegiate career with the Demon Deacons. Newman doesn’t possess elite foot speed, but he uses a nice combination of above-average quickness and power as a ball carrier to grind out yards on the ground.
He also possesses above-average raw arm strength. He’ll need help to improve his accuracy at the next level, but there’s a lot of projection left in his right arm. The Bears coaching staff could be the group to make a big-time investment in Newman and reap big-time rewards.
Drafting Newman isn’t going to win the press conference in Chicago, but he could help them win more games in the next few seasons compared to any other quarterback on this list.