The Green Bay Packers enter 2021 with needs in multiple positions. Some may be filled via free agency, but almost all will be partially addressed in the draft. One of those is at the cornerback position. According to multiple reports, the Packers are very interested in Northwestern cornerback Greg Newsome II.
Greg Newsome II: College Career
Greg Newsome II has played three seasons at Northwestern. In 17 games, Newsome has accumulated 71 tackles, 20 passes defended, an interception, and a recovered fumble. This past season, he helped Northwestern to a 7-2 record (6-1 in the Big Ten).
Greg Newsome II’s Appeal
Greg Newsome is 6 foot one, which means he can line up with any taller receiver on opposing offenses. His height and speed also make him a great candidate to be a starting outside cornerback.
The following is an excerpt of his profile on The Draft Network: “Greg Newsome II is an exciting cornerback prospect who will offer an NFL franchise plenty of appeal as a potential starter on the perimeter. Newsome II has showcased strong ball skills and length to pair with high-end levels of flexibility and functional athleticism—that’s a blend that is going to get Newsome II drafted sooner rather than later.”
Where He Will Fit On The Packers
The Green Bay Packers have a Pro Bowl cornerback in Jaire Alexander. After that, though, there is not much depth at the position. Kevin King is an unrestricted free agent and Chandon Sullivan is a restricted free agent. Josh Jackson is still with the team, but was barely used in 2020.
Newsome would be a great fit on the Packers, who boast one of the best secondary coaches in the NFL. Jerry Gray, who helped Alexander make the jump to a border line First-Team All Pro, has a long history of getting the most out of his defensive backs. Newsome, as a rookie, could thrive in the Packers’ system.