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Colts Draft Ball State DE Jonathan Newsome in the 5th Round

After sitting out the 4th round (traded to Cleveland last year), the Colts got back in on the action in the 5th picking Ball State’s own Jonathan Newsome (DE, 6-3, 247) With the 166th overall pick.

Newsome had some academic issues at Ohio State after playing in give games as a freshman and eventually transferred to Ball State in Muncie, Indiana, but his troubles didn’t stop there. Newsome was arrested for both possession and shoplifting in 2012.

Since then, he’s been a decently productive pass rusher, with 8 sacks in 11 starts last year for the Cardinals. Newsome would be undersized as a 4-3 end in the NFL, but could do well as a pass rushing 3-4 OLB, even if only as a depth player, which is fine in the 5th round – as long as his prior character issues don’t crop back up.

More on Newsome from his draft profile:

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.

Weaknesses: Strength-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.

Draft Projection: Rounds 5-6

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

Maturity issues can send a good prospect tumbling in the draft.  It’ll be up to Newsome now to come back from that and make an impact, most likely as a depth and special teams player, with the Colts.

Jonathan Newsome highlights from Fox Sports:

And Newsome’s Combine workout:

Another highlight reel, this one with hip hop and…cheetahs, because why not:

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