2. Greg Newsome, CB, Northwestern
The LA Chargers are in play to take a cornerback with the 13th overall pick. While I prefer the team to take a tackle with the 13th overall pick, it would not be shocking if the Bolts instead went corner with a new defensive-minded head coach. Tom Telesco has also only picked one offensive lineman in the first round since becoming general manager.
If the Chargers take a corner at 13 then it does not matter if Greg Newsome falls to the 47th overall pick. There is no need to take two corners with back-to-back selections. However, if the Chargers do go with a tackle then Newsome could be the best-case scenario to fall to 47.
TDN ranks Newsome as the 34th overall prospect while PFF ranks him as the 21st prospect.
So how could Newsome fall to the Chargers at 47? It has to do with how many corners are going to be taken before him. Newsome is the fourth-best corner in this draft class at best and if there is a different corner that another team is high on then he could very well be the fifth corner taken in the draft.
Just for comparison’s sake, here is where the fifth corner in the last five drafts were taken:
- 2020: 30th
- 2019: 40th
- 2018: 53rd
- 2017: 27th
- 2016: 25th
That is not very promising, but the 2021 class is closer to the 2019 and 2018 class than the 2020, 2017 and 2016 class in terms of cornerback talent and the other talent.
Plus, as you can see, the last time that there were five first-round corners (2017), the fifth corner was not picked until 53 as fewer teams had a need. With five first-round corners last year, it is not inconceivable to see the position fall and Newsome fall to the mid-second-round.