Virginia Tech, Clemson, Louisville
Tough and willing to take hits to get the ball out. Nice thrower on the run and is fast when he is out of the pocket. Doesn't need a ton of room to throw and can do it across his body. Powerful runner who can gain yards when he has momentum, and is always a threat to score. Has shown a lot of bright spots in throwing and can hit guys in stride through coverage. Once he processes the field he shows a good understanding of what's going on down the field. Productive thrower, and made smart throws for the majority of his career. Plays well under pressure and produced in bowl games. Very highly praised for his leadership qualities.
Doesn't have urgency in the pocket, and takes too much time to scan the defense and set up. Needs a lot of room to maneuver and doesn't have a great escape ability. Very slow mental processing while reading the field. Struggles with accuracy, especially further down the field as he sails passes outside. Doesn't step up through pressure to make throws and instead tries to make them in the face of defenders, and has an alarming number of bat-downs.
Newman is a talented passer who has undeveloped skills, and has been held back because of that. He's slow to process the field, takes a while to come off his first read, and struggles with awareness issues. However, he has a talented arm, is athletic, and is a competitor. He's a developmental prospect, but one with a significant upside. He was consistently productive for Wake Forest, and made them competitive, but never took the next step that he needed to to become a top prospect. Doesn't average a ton of yards on the ground but is a threat to score with his legs, having 10 touchdowns in just 18 games. Plays well under pressure, going 1-1 in bowl games, with 7 total touchdowns touchdowns, 2 interceptions, 503 yards through the air, and 178 on the ground. Tough and always willing to take a hit. Lead his team in rushing attempts and yards in 2019. Overall, Newman is a developmental prospect, and one who is going to have to wait to start for a considerable amount of time. Due to his needs being mostly processing wise, he'd be best suited to sit behind a veteran for several years. It wouldn't be a shocker to hear his name called in round three, but it would be quite a reach. With his needs he's far from a guaranteed starter, but could have a considerably high ceiling for a likely day three prospect.
He's athletic, but in his first full year starting he couldn't take the next step in become a dual-threat quarterback. When escaping the pocket, he takes too long to start to move and gets sacked because of it. He's mobile out of the pocket, but slow inside it and can't escape sacks well. However, if he rolls out of the pocket early he's quick and can still fire the ball. Doesn't fool defenders on play action, and is often taken down quickly when he decides to run himself. As pressure comes in he isn't fast enough to escape, and took too many sacks, and had 5 fumbles in 2019.
Scrambling Ability and
RPO and Play Action
Pocket Mobility/Avoid Pressure
Big Play Ability
Big Play Ability
Touch and Ball Placement
Has a fluid throwing motion, although his release can be slightly slower than ideal. Throws a tight spiral and has plenty of arm strength. He does move in the pocket, but isn't shifty. Would like to see him step up through pressure and make more throws. He can throw on the run when he gets out of the pocket early, and creates extra time for his receivers when doing so. His powerful arm can thread the needle when he has the right look, and has shown bright spots at all levels of the field. Knows where his receivers are and shows a nice ability to throw where they're going to be. Runs his offense well and was productive. Stands too wide in the pocket which hinders his ability to start moving quickly. He appears to be light on his feet when he's in the pocket but simply doesn't accelerate fast enough.
Poise in Pocket
Wasn't named captain in his year and a half starting. Before opting out due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, however, he was praised for his leadership in the Georgia locker room and was expected to start at quarterback. He did lead Wake Forest to their first 8 win season since 2008. When in the pocket, he won't feel the pressure until it has already collapsed on him and he takes sacks for bigger losses than needed. Struggles to improvise due to his struggles in awareness.
Takes several seconds after the snap to read the defense and doesn't get set until he does. With this he allows defenders an extra second or two to get started before he enters his progressions. Keeps his eyes locked on his primary read for the first few seconds of nearly every play, several limiting his ability to read the field. Despite doing it slowly, he does show a good understanding of where the secondary is and what coverage he's facing after reading the field.