From Colts Authority’s across-the-pond scout Olly Dawes comes the low-down on the Colts’ fifth-round pick Jonathan Newsome. See all of Olly’s work at his personal website here.
Agility 8 – Newsome is a good athlete who can change direction fairly well as a pass rusher or in coverage. He also came in the top 15 for the 3-cone drill at the NFL Scouting Combine, just behind No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney. He possesses natural athleticism to bend the edge and beat blockers, which will be important with Robert Mathis aging.
Block Shedding 8 – Newsome displays active hands when being blocked, and he uses them aggressively to free himself well. This is particularly important as Newsome doesn’t have the longest of arms of for a pass rusher, and keeping tackles off him is going to be key to his success at the next level.
Burst 9 – One of Newsome’s best attributes is his ability to burst off the line of scrimmage. He has a superb first step, and that speed off the snap is what enables h...