Perlich’s Profiles: Jamie Newman, QB, Wake Forest

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Nicholas Perlich
Passionate about NFL Draft. Alum of West Virginia University. Completed The Scouting Academy curriculum.
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The top five quarterbacks in the 2021 NFL Draft are as locked in as they can get at this point in the process. That pentuplet would consist of Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, Trey Lance, Zach Wilson, and Mac Jones. Things start to get interesting after those five, however. There a multiple playing styles and intriguing options for NFL teams in the middle rounds. There may be none more intriguing than Jamie Newman.

Newman had the definition of a roller coaster offseason last summer. Early in the year, Newman decided to graduate transfer to Georgia after starting 16 games at Wake Forest. It seemed like a great fit and opportunity for Newman on paper. Then the Coronvirus pandemic hit. College football and, thus, Newman’s plans would be greatly affected as a result. He would ultimately decide to opt-out of the entire 2020 college football season and begin preparation for the 2021 NFL Draft.

While Newman’s decision to opt-out was definitely in his best interest, it did not help NFL teams in their evaluation process of the developmental quarterback. The Senior Bowl last month was the only time NFL teams had seen him throw in the past year. Newman took full advantage of the opportunity in Mobile to remind everyone of the talent and skillset he possesses. But what does the tape from two years ago say about his potential in the NFL?

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