Colt Take OLB Jonathan Newsome at #166

Posted on May 11 2014 - 1:40am by Luke Schultheis
(Image Courtesy of BallStateDaily)- The Colts selected Ball State's Jonathan Newsome in the 5th Round, hoping to amp up their pass rush next season.

(Image Courtesy of BallStateDaily)- The Colts selected Ball State’s OLB/DE Jonathan Newsome in the 5th Round, hoping to amp up their pass rush next season.

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:

 


STRENGTHS

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.

WEAKNESSESStrength-deficient and gets hammered in the box. Thin-legged and narrow-based. Too light to set the edge. Limited cover skills — is tight in the hips and not natural moving in reverse or coming out of breaks. Immature early in college career.

BOTTOM LINE

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

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