Quarterback Jamie Newman Scouting Report: 2021 NFL Draft analysis

2021 NFL Draft prospect, Jamie Newman (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
2021 NFL Draft prospect, Jamie Newman (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /
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Jamie Newman, 2021 NFL Draft
Jamie Newman, 2021 NFL Draft (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images) /

Newman Background

Looking back at Newman’s success in high school and Wake Forest, it isn’t any surprise Georgia head coach Kirby Smart would be intrigued by the North Carolina native. At 6-foot-4, 220-pounds, Newman came into college primed as a dual-threat quarterback. Newman’s size and running ability make him a formidable offensive player, one not easy to sack or tackle when rushing.

Newman was born and played high school football in Graham, North Carolina. Coming out of high school, Newman wasn’t heavily recruited by the national programs. His senior stats were average, throwing 12 touchdowns and 8 interceptions, with a completion percentage just over 50 percent. His 2016 varsity season saw him rush more often (99 rushing attempts) than pass (81 passing attempts), per MaxPreps.

He finished high school as a three-star recruit. But Wake Forest must have thought he could be a good developmental player. For two seasons, he sat on the bench, waiting for a chance to shine. He got his chance in 2018, as he stepped in when the Demon Deacon’s starting quarterback Sam Hartman broke his leg. In his first game starting for Wake Forest, Newman led a comeback victory for a team decimated that season by injuries and finished the season with an improbable 3-1 record.

Newman finished the 2018 season with a victory at the Birmingham Bowl, where Wake Forest defeated Memphis 37-34. Newman was named MVP of the game after he passed for 328-yards and rushed for three touchdowns. Heading into the 2019 season, many college football scouts were interested to see what the young quarterback could do with a whole season as a starter.