SELECTED BY WASHINGTON , ROUND 1, PICK 5, OVERALL PICK 5
DB | (5-10, 189, 4.39) | Kansas State
By Pro Football WeeklyNotes: Lettered in football, track, basketball and baseball in high school and really stood out on the track circuit, running the 100 meters in 10.36 seconds and the 200 meters in 21.6 seconds. Has been a track All-American at Kansas State. Was the Big 12 outdoor 100-meter champion in 2001 and finished fifth in the NCAA indoor 60 meters in '02. Football redshirt in 1998. Played in every game but did not start in '99, when he had eight tackles, one pass broken up and one interception, and he returned seven kickoffs for 209 yards. Played in all 13 games and got one start in the team's nickel package in '00. Started every game in '01 and won second-team All-Big 12 honors. Had 20-3-1 in '00 and 51-14-3 in '01, when he also blocked two kicks and returned nine kickoffs for 211 yards. Started every game and won the Jim Thorpe Award (top defensive back) in '02 after having 54 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 14 passes broken up and five interceptions. Also played offense and had four catches for 98 yards and a touchdown, and returned 26 punts for 388 yards with two touchdowns. Returned 13 kickoffs for 370 yards.Positives: A very good athlete with rare speed and makeup speed. He is quick and sudden, breaks on the ball quickly, can jump through the rafters and is fluid and athletic enough to flip his hips and not lose much in transition. He also is excellent at blocking kicks because of his explosiveness. His hands are good enough that he doubled as a wide receiver and returned punts. Blew up the Combine with sub 4.4 40 times, a 41-inch vertical jump, an 11-foot, four-inch broad jump and running the short shuttle in 3.83 seconds.Negatives: Doesn't have as much experience as you would like but will be a 25-year-old rookie. Tackling needs to improve because he does not wrap. Lean build might be an issue for some. He is not a hitter. Ducks his head on impact. Can be outmuscled and gets overpowered too often. Doesn't get a strong jam and cannot stuff receivers off the line.Summary: Newman has all the physical tools and will be the top cornerback drafted, in part because of his return skills. Scouts say his age doesn't matter and that he has the potential to be a No. 1 cornerback quickly and start as a rookie.* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.