The Cleveland Browns selected Northwestern cornerback Greg Newsome II with the 26th overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Newsome is a long, athletic cornerback who was a playmaker in the Wildcats defense during his three seasons there. Newsome led Northwestern in pass breakups in each of the last two seasons and earned All-Big Ten and All-American honors last season. He does have an injury history being limited to 21 games over three seasons and needs to work on avoiding pass interference penalties because he had a knack for them in college.
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The Browns needed to add more to the cornerback room despite having Denzel Ward and adding Troy Hill in free agency. Greedy Williams is expected to return from his shoulder injury but isn’t a guarantee. Newsome will compete right away for reps as CB2 opposite Ward and should contribute to the group immediately.
The Browns have been linked to Newsome for quite sometime and it was well known that the Browns needed an outside cornerback based on what they did in free agency and Terrance Mitchell along with Kevin Johnson departing in free agency as well. Newsome should be an immediate contributor with the hope that himself and Denzel Ward form a 1-2 shutdown tandem for years to come. The Browns didn’t have to trade up to get him which makes this selection even better. Andrew Berry was patient and was able to get a prospect he coveted.