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2021 NFL Draft profile: Ole Miss offensive lineman Royce Newman

The big guy can move some mass.

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Royce Newman was a four-star recruit when he signed with the Rebels. And after a redshirt season he never skipped a beat while in Oxford. He started at left guard early in his career but eventually moved to right tackle, flexing his versatility up front.

The Nashville, Ill. native played in nine games during his redshirt freshman season and 12 the following year. Then, as a senior, he stayed at tackle and played in all 10 games. Newman is a guy who has been there done that in the SEC and can be someone who can contribute immediately wherever he goes.

Info

Height/Weight: 6-foot-5 inches, 310-pounds

Position: Offensive tackle

Projected: 4th-5th round

Arms: 333 3/4 inches

Hands: 9 inches

Pro Day Results

40-Yard Dash: 5.16

Vertical Jump: 28 inches

Broad Jump: 8-foot-8

3-Cone Drill: 7.91

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.75

Bench: 23 reps

Strengths

  • Has starting experience at guard and tackle.
  • Comes off ball with choppy settle step in run-up to contact.
  • Accurate, strong hands give him early advantages.
  • Strikes with good base width and balance.
  • Strains into arm extension and works to sustain blocks.
  • Above-average reactive athleticism versus stunts.
  • Consistent finding footing on reach plays and gets move blocks sealed.
  • Agility to adjust and tag moving targets in space.
  • Pass slides looked smooth and natural.
  • Above-average footwork to mirror and defend his edges.
  • Stiff, inside hand lands in the same spot every time.

Weaknesses

  • Up and down when faced with size and power.
  • Two-gappers had success in standing him up.
  • Has tendency to let go of second-hand contact and try to long-arm.
  • Candidate to be bull-rushed if he’s not first with his punch.
  • Needs to guard against over-sets.
  • Base has a tendency to get too wide in pass pro.
  • Wide, undisciplined hands when rushers charge him.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Strengths and weaknesses per NFL.com

Overview

Newman is a seasoned SEC veteran up front who has competed against some of the best fronts in the country. The OIe Miss lineman will not only bring some great lettuce to the fold, but he will be someone who can come in with experience at both guard and tackle. Newman has plenty of athleticism to handle either or and can be someone who can excel in stretch running plays and pulling out in space.