Discussion in 'Draft Day Zone' started by Hostile, Apr 21, 2005.
Redsksins select...Jared Newberry
OLB | (6'1", 232, 4.7) | STANFORD
Strengths: Is a quick and active player. Is extremely tough and aggressive. Plays with excellent technique. Shows good leverage at the POA and will do a good job of using his hands to get through traffic. He has quick feet and takes good angles in pursuit. He is quick and instinctive in coverage. Shows adequate range in zone coverage. He also is a solid tackler with good upper body power. Is a versatile player. Is intelligent and picks things up quickly. Is a proven commodity on special teams.
Weaknesses: Lacks ideal NFL measurables. Is undersized. Has good power, but lacks bulk and lower body strength. Gets pushed around too much when reached. Does not show the ability to consistently take on and shed blockers. Is quick and instinctive, but lacks ideal top end speed and great athleticism. He's a bit stiff in the hips. Will not have great range in zone coverage in the NFL and also will have limitations in terms of man-to-man matchups in coverage.
Overall: Newberry redshirted in 2000 and moved to fullback in 2001 before moving back to outside linebacker as a redshirt sophomore in 2002. His first season as a fulltime starter was in 2003 as a junior, when he started all 11 games and finished with 67 total tackles, including 10 TFL, three sacks and one interception. He started all 11 games as a senior in 2004 and finished with 54 total tackles, including nine TFL. Newberry was a late-developer as an athlete and it took the former walk-on several positions and a few years to find his home at WLB. He made huge strides the past two seasons and he should only continue to improve with more experience at the position. Newberry has just decent speed and athleticism, and he has below average size. However, he is strong for his size and he rarely makes a mistake from a technique standpoint. He has a great motor, is a very good leader, and has proven to be an excellent special teams player. Newberry's upside is obviously limited but he has enough versatility, toughness and intangibles to take a chance on late in the upcoming draft.
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