Josh Newton
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Josh Newton
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Josh Newton CB TCU | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Josh Newton CB TCU
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

ROLE: Outside Man/Press CB
Last Updated: 02/28/2024
Draft Year: 2024
40 time: 4.60 seconds (14%*)
Height: 6-0 (63%*) Weight: 190 (38%*)
Forty: 4.60 (O) (14%*)
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(C) - NFL Combine (P) - Pro Day (O) - Other (HS) -Estimated from High School Combine
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ROLE: Outside Man/Press CB
Last Updated: 02/28/2024
Draft Year: 2024
40 time: 4.60 seconds (14%*)
0% 100%
Height: 6-0 (63%*) Weight: 190 (38%*)
Forty: 4.60 (O) (14%*) Shuttle: DNP
(C) - NFL Combine (P) - Pro Day (O) - Other
(HS) -Estimated from High School Combine
For an explanation of how the (HS) data is calculated see this article
Overall Rating: 82.5 / 100
Average rating of opposition Offense player has faced
Offense Rating:
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QB Rating When targeted: 59.2
Run Defense:
Overall Rank: #123 Position rank: #26
College Games: 59 College Snaps: 3535
Grade: 247 Sports 2  Stars 247 Sports 75 Stars 247 RATING: 75/100
Grade: 2 Stars 2 Stars RIVALS RATING: 5.3 (87%)
Player Comparison* (Similarity level)
Coby Bryant - Cincinnati
Mario Goodrich - Clemson
Asante Samuel Jr. - Florida State
Draft Profile: Bio
Starting his collegiate journey at UL Monroe and later transferring to TCU, Newton's transition from wide receiver to cornerback has defined his college career. Originating from Ouachita Parish High School as a standout receiver, his freshman year in 2019 marked the beginning of his impact in the secondary, displaying early potential with 23 tackles and 4 stops across 12 games.

His sophomore and junior years saw incremental improvements, highlighted by a sophomore season with 6 pass breakups and a junior year amassing 44 tackles and 7 pass breakups. The move to TCU as a senior brought out his best, with elite coverage metrics including 3 interceptions and a 50.1 QB rating when targeted in 2022. His fifth year solidified his growth, adding 34 tackles and maintaining strong coverage with a 64.8 QB rating when targeted.

Scouting Report: Strengths
  • Exhibits explosive support in run defense and coverage, adjusting well to receiver movements.
  • Shows exceptional short-area quickness and recovery speed, essential for correcting positional lapses.
  • Fluid in transition with the ability to engage in vertical matchups effectively, minimizing separation.
  • Excelelnt in zone coverage with quick response to receiver movements.
  • Displays a strong understanding of zone coverage nuances, enhancing team communication and coverage integrity.
  • Utilizes frame and positioning adeptly in vertical battles, often outmaneuvering receivers for ball positioning.
  • Former wide receiver with excellent ball skills, bringing a defensive edge with hands and timing.
  • Versatile in coverage, capable of handling various assignments with proficiency in boundary and slot positions.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
  • While possessing decent speed, lacks the elite burst that can compromise recovery in extended plays especially in man coverage situations
  • Is only average as a man coverage defender. Sometimes delayed in off-man turns, allowing space for speedier receivers to exploit.
  • Occasional imbalance in backpedal, leading to efficiency loss in breaking on routes.
  • Reliance on physicality at stems can draw penalties and compromise coverage integrity against savvy receivers.
Scouting Report: Summary
Josh Newton's tenure at both UL Monroe and TCU showcased a player who not only adapted to but thrived in a new defensive role after moving from the offense. With an ability to disrupt passes and a knack for timely interceptions, Newton's on-field production has been consistent and impressive.

While his physical attributes might not top the charts, his technical skills and understanding of the game compensate, offering a team the flexibility to deploy him in various defensive schemes, although he's best suited to playing zone. Questions about his top-end speed and physicality against the run are notable but do not overshadow his overall potential.

Looking ahead, Newton's immediate future in the NFL appears promising. He possesses the foundational skills, great field presence, and versatility that coaches value in a defensive back. While he may not be an immediate star, his work ethic and adaptability suggest he will find his niche and contribute significantly to an NFL roster. Newton's draft stock, bolstered by his performance and potential, makes him a nice option for teams seeking to immediately add quality depth to their secondary.

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*Similarity Percentage: This percentage is calculated based on a comprehensive analysis of various factors, including height, weight, 40-yard dash times, on-field performance statistics, and overall player rating. The analysis is conducted against our database of draft prospects from 2021 to 2023. This similarity score helps in evaluating how closely a current prospect aligns with past prospects. It is important to note, however, that this score reflects similarities based on college production and attributes, and does not account for eventual success or performance in the NFL.