Why Browns fans should be excited about Greg Newsome II

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Jacob Infante
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With the No. 26 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns added Northwestern cornerback Greg Newsome II to their secondary.

Newsome played in just four games in 2020, but he dominated to the tune of 9 pass deflections and an interception in that time. He has more deflections in his collegiate career than games played – 24 to 18, respectively – which showcases just how productive he was when healthy.

He has fantastic route-recognition abilities and is able to mirror routes with a high football IQ and impressive hip fluidity. The former Wildcat is physical at the catch point and uses his length well in getting his hands inside the frame of opposing wide receivers at the line of scrimmage.

The Browns have Pro Bowler Denzel Ward at cornerback already, but they lacked a consistent option alongside him on the boundary. Newsome gives them a well-rounded, high-ceiling prospect to form what could be one of the more talented one-two punches at the position in the NFL.