Every year, at least one prospect seems to rise out of nowhere to land high in the NFL draft – and it’s often someone who’s not generating a ton of national attention.
Remember Carson Wentz?
Wentz went from a priority free agent to landing at No. 2 overall in the 2016 draft as the draft season progressed and more pundits and analysts caught up to the NFL scouts.
There are several candidates who could rocket up NFL mock draft boards in the coming weeks.
One name who has generated recent buzz is Wake Forest quarterback Jamie Newman, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound redshirt junior.
Newman finished last season as the Deacons’ starting QB, going 3-1.
He’s been even better this year, leading Wake Forest to a 7-1 record and 3-1 ACC record. Newman has passed for 2,059 yards, 20 TDs and only 5 INTs while also chipping in 305 yards rushing and another 5 TDs on the ground.
One national draft analyst in particular is really high on Newman’s prospects. CBS Sports’ Chris Trapasso (@ChrisTrapasso). Trapasso calls Newman the “best-kept quarterback sleeper” for the 2020 NFL draft, calling him a potential first rounder.
Newman is lauded for his accuracy, pocket management and field reading, among others.
It’s unknown whether he’ll stay in school or enter the 2020 draft.
“When it comes to the nuances of playing the position — and the deep-ball accuracy — Newman is much further ahead of where Dwayne Haskins was as a prospect, and we all know when he was selected,” Trapasso says.