2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: WR Dazz Newsome

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North Carolina wide receiver Dazz Newsome enjoyed a productive four-year career for the Tar Heels and improved every season in college. Despite a loaded group of skill players, Newsome still collected 126 catches for 1,702 yards and 16 touchdowns across the last two seasons at North Carolina with Newsome primarily operating from the slot, where he projects best at the next level. Newsome is a good route-runner with excellent separation quickness, has terrific hands, outstanding ball skills, and is a fearless competitor. He’s excellent at creating yards after the catch and is truly a threat to all levels of the field. When it comes to areas where Newsome can develop, expanding his route tree and adding more variance to his release package stand out. In addition, improving his functional strength to hold up better as a route-runner when challenged with contact would be helpful. Newsome has the ability to be a featured slot receiver in the NFL that brings additional value in the return game, as he is a proven punt returner. 

Ideal Role: Starting slot receiver and punt returner.

Scheme Fit: West Coast, 11-personnel heavy.

Written by Joe Marino 

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Joe Marino

Senior NFL Draft Analyst

Director of Administration & Senior NFL Draft Analyst for The Draft Network. Co-host of the Draft Dudes podcast. Member of the FWAA.

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