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UPDATE: Could Wake Forest QB Jamie Newman land in the first round of the NFL draft?

Jamie Newman


11/15/19 Update

Wake Forest QB Jamie Newman continues to get media attention.

Walter Football’s Charlie Campbell says “there is a nice buzz about Newman in the scouting community” in his latest NFL Hot Press Report.

Newman has completed 182 of 282 passes for 2,297 yards, 22 TDs and 7 INTs while carrying the ball 110 times for 301 yards and additional 5 TDs. Campbell reports that teams think it would be best for Newman to return for his senior year.

“If he continues to improve, his stock could rise significantly for the 2021 NFL Draft, but it sounds, at the moment, like he could be a Day 2 pick if he were to enter the 2020 NFL Draft,” Campbell writes. “Newman is a dual-threat quarterback with running and passing talent to challenge defenses.”

Campbell also notes Newman’s size (6-4, 230), arm strength and athleticism while also pointing out his “vast improvement from his sophomore to junior seasons.”

“On top of getting a good buzz going about his skill set, higher-ranking team evaluators will make the time to watch Newman, and his draft stock could enter a quick climb if he wins over directors of college scouting and general managers,” Campbell writes. “With this strong junior season, Newman has become a prospect on the rise who some sources think could end up being a NFL starter.”

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.

Actually, probably only Joe Burrow from LSU and maybe Oregon’s Justin Herbert have made more retweet-worthy, highlight-reel throws from between the tackles this year,” Trapasso writes.

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.

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