Jer'Zhan Newton
Jer'Zhan Newton  DL  Illinois | NFL Draft 2024 Souting Report - Portrait Image
Jer'Zhan Newton
Height
6-2
Weight
295
College
Illinois
Position
DL
Class
Sophomore
Home town
Saint Petersburg, FL
77.0/100
Player Rating
38
PositionRank (DL)
4.95
FortyYD Time
Sacks
5.5
Fumbles Forced
Tackles
59
Sol tackles
28

Jer'Zhan Newton DL Illinois | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Jer'Zhan Newton DL Illinois
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Draft Year: 2024
40 time: 4.95 seconds (51%*)
Overall Rank: #288 Position Rank: #38 (DL)
Height: 6-2 (16%*)
Weight: 295 (65%*)
Weight: 295 (65%*)
Date of Birth: 08/31/2002 Age: 20.5
*Percentile caluculated on how any given stat would rank at the NFL combine historically in the player's position group (Higher value represents better perfomance).
Draft Year: 2024
40 time: 4.95 seconds (51%*)
Overall Rank: #288 Position Rank: #38 (DL)
Height: 6-2 (16%*) Weight: 295 (65%*)
Age: 20.5 DOB: 08/31/2002
*Percentile caluculated on how any given stat would rank at the NFL combine historically in the player's position group (Higher value represents better perfomance).
Overall Rating: 77.0 / 100
Game performance weighted rating
Tackling:
71%
Pass Rush:
78%
Run Defense:
83%
DRAFT PROJECTION: UDFA Position rank: #38
College Games: 32 College Snaps: 1606
Grade: 3 ESPN  Stars 3 ESPN  Stars ESPN RATING: 76/100
College Combine Results
Grade: 247 Sports 3  Stars 247 Sports 85.19 Stars 247 RATING: 85.19/100
Grade: 3 Stars 3 Stars RIVALS RATING: 5.5 (90%)
Draft Profile: Bio
Jer'Zhan Newton from Clearwater Central Catholic High School was rated a 3-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 3-star grade by 247 Sports. After high school, Newton joined Illinois.

In 2020 as a freshman Newton saw action in 8 games and played a total of 329 snaps for the Fighting Illini. He recorded 15 tackles, 11 assists, while adding 13 stops. As a pass rusher, he added 6 total pressures, which included 5 QB hurries, no QB hits, and one sack on the season.

As a sophomore for the Fighting Illini in 2021 Newton played in 12 games and took part in 611 snaps for the Fighting Illini. He recorded 27 tackles, 17 assists, while adding 19 stops. As a pass rusher, he chalked up 15 total pressures, and 9 QB hurries, 3 QB hits, and 3 sacks during the year.

In 2022 as a junior Newton played in 12 games and contributed on 666 snaps. He recorded 35 tackles, 15 assists while making 34 stops. As a pass rusher, he produced 54 total pressures, which included 32 QB hurries, 18 QB hits, and a decent 4 sacks on the year.
Scouting Report: Strengths
  • Newton can set the edge in the run game with his stout build and strong core, and Newton has the powerful arms to shed blockers.
  • He’s ready for the physicality of the NFL; he has a stout build, strong core and powerful limbs to step in right away as a three-down player.
  • Combines strength and footwork to fill holes inside, as well. Recovers from cut blocks or falling on his way to make a tackle.
  • His motor is excellent, and he’s quick to locate the ball and make plays against the run.
  • He has the heavy hands and upper-body strength to win with power. Newton drops his weight and anchors well against the run, holding up at the point of attack and capable of occupying double teams.
  • Coordinated with smooth movement skills. High-effort rusher and works through the whistle. Relentless worker, fighting off blocks and battling to the ball.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
  • Isn't able to consistently shed blocks and makes plays in the hole.
  • Misses tackles, even when Newton gets his hands on the ballcarrier. Needs to improve hand placement and technique.
  • His spin move is a bit slow and mechanical. He’s susceptible to cut blocks, a tactic that was used on him often
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How other scouting services rate Jer'Zhan Newton (Overall Rank)

All Scouts AverageOverall Rank
174.5
All Scouts AveragePosition Rank
17.0