Best available for the Chicago Bears at pick 20: CB Greg Newsome II, Northwestern
After the Bears cut ties with Kyle Fuller, the cornerback room took a monumental hit. Now, they’re counting on second-year pro Jaylon Johnson to take a big step and fill Fuller’s shoes. Opposite of Johnson is the newly-signed veteran, Desmond Trufant.
But, Chicago still needs some much-needed depth at cornerback. They also need a starting nickel corner, too. One guy who could come in and give them meaningful reps right away is Northwestern’s Greg Newsome II.
Newsome is an athletic, high-twitch cornerback with some of the best ball skills out of any defensive back in this class. He’s a quick-footed player that also plays with an attitude. There’s an edge to him; a chip on his shoulder, if you will. Newsome plays in a manner that says he’s trying to win every one-on-one battle he faces, and he wants his opposing man to know it.
Over the last two seasons, Newsome has notched 16 passes defensed in just 11 games. His biggest knock is the lack of durability over the years. Newsome missed several games as a freshman with an ankle injury, a few games in his second season with an undisclosed injury and also suffered a groin injury last year.
If health wasn’t a concern, Newsome would surely be a top-15 pick. There’s no question about his game. He’s going to be a phenomenal corner in this league, so long as he stays healthy.