Doesn't play with much leverage, but can quickly get his feet around, seal defenders and turn them from the football. However, lacks ideal power and body control through contact and too often is quick to fall off his man. Isn't a guy who can coil up well and fire off the football as an in-line guy, more of a zone only type guy.
Displays natural range on the right side when asked to reach the edge in pass protection and is a better lateral athlete than given credit for when asked to redirect. However, fails to keep his pad level down and gets way too overextended in his lower half. Gets doubled over too easily at the waist and will struggle vs. power on the bull.Too often waits until he is engaged and is more of a grabber than puncher.
Impression: A nice, long, lean kid who has some good range. But, lacks great strength potential through his hips and doesn't seem much more than a late round/FA type developmental guy."
A standout at right tackle, Newton earned second-team All-Sun Belt honors as a junior and first-team accolades in 2010. Newton has been able to beat SBC defenders with his size and athleticism, but needs refining in his technique and considerable time in the weight room to handle the right tackle role in the NFL. He shows enough foot quickness to remain outside, but isn't strong enough to put his long arms to good use. There is legitimate NFL talent here worthy of developing, but he will need time to grow as a pro.
Positives: Good initial quickness off the snap. Gains depth immediately with an efficient kick-slide. Long arms to reach the defender. Good lateral agility and balance to mirror the defender. Plays on the balls of his feet and with his knees bent. Shows good flexibility and at least moderate core strength to handle the bull rush. Good quickness and agility to block on the move in the running game. Shows a burst upfield and can re-direct. Good trap blocker due to his quickness and arm length. Beats the defender off the snap and can turn and seal the edge. Good recognition. Points out the blitzing defender and makes at least some of the line calls for this offense.
Negatives: Quick first step back off the snap, but takes too sharp of an angle when dropping back, giving the defender the edge. Thin arms with only moderate strength; unable to control the defender despite getting his hands on him. Better as a seal blocker moving in space than a drive blocker. Lacks the strength and too often the pad level to knock defenders off the ball. Would like to see nastiness in his play. Seems content with dancing rather than dominating."
Positive: Nice sized right tackle prospect who comes with good upside. Strong at the point, controls defenders once engaged, and easily pushes them from their angle of attack. Has a thick build, jolts opponents with good hand punch, and gets movement run blocking. Stays square, bends his knees, and seals defenders from the action. Keeps his head on a swivel and remains alert. Violently attacks assignments and works hard to finish.
Negative: Lacks great footwork in pass protection. Struggles blocking in motion and cannot hit a moving target.
Analysis: Newton possesses good size and growth potential and is a prospect who should get better the more playing time he receives against better competition. Newton is a solid athlete and a terrific developmental prospect who could eventually break into a starting lineup on the NFL level."
Negatives: Kick slide is a little stiff and upright... Marginal bender... Can be beat by speed, will lunge to reach corner... Not explosive, doesn't fire out into his blocks, more of a catcher... Doesn't stay on blocks well... Can be knocked off balance... Doesn't play with good leverage... Not real strong, lacks the strength to control his man... Doesn't get much movement in the running game."
Strengths: He's quite mobile and agile, very athletic he can zone out and combo block, he moves smoothly to the second level and gets his hat on moving targets...
Weaknesses: Newton has some physical tools to work with, however he is not as polished as you’d like in his pass protection footwork. There is no doubt he needs to be bulked up and coached up. He will need to learn to 'drop anchor' and finish his blocks more consistently.
Projection: Newton could be a climber, if he has a great postseason he could end up as high as the 150-200 range in the draft."
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