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 NFL.com 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: