The Indianapolis Colts selected DE Jonathan Newsome from Ball State with their fifth round pick (#166). The Colts likely had a lot of opportunity to scout Newsome, with him being just up the road in Muncie, Indiana, at Ball State. He projects as an outside 3-4 rush linebacker with the Colts. While he’ll likely be behind Robert Mathis, Erik Walden, and Bjoern Werner in the outside linebacker rotation, he could make an instant impact as a situational pass rusher on the outside, as well as on special teams. Here’s what we know about Newsome:
Very good edge burst. Has a long second step and attacks the edges with speed and leverage. Flattens down the line — good lateral pursuit. Can get depth in coverage and spot drop. Flashes explosive striking ability as a tackler.
A 4-3 open-side speed rusher ideally suited for an elephant end or 3-4 Jack linebacker role. Is at his best rushing the passer and has shown improved maturity since departing Ohio State before the 2011 season.” –Nolan Nawrocki, NFL.com
“He has Robert Mathis-like ability.” –Bill Polian, ESPN