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Josh Newton, TCU

2024 Exclusive Sneak Peek: Josh Newton, CB, TCU


Welcome to the Exclusive Sneak Peek: Josh Newton, a cornerback out of TCU. He is from Monroe Louisiana, and was a 4-star recruit from Ouachita Parish High School.

Newton began his collegiate career at the University of Lousiana-Monroe where he appeared in 10 games as a freshman. He recorded 14 solo tackles, 6 assists, and 2 passes defended in a solid debut for the small school. He followed that up in 2020 with another 10 games played. Once again, his production was solid where he totaled 11 solo tackles, 5 assists, 0.5 tackles for loss, 1 interception, and 5 passes defended.

2021 was his final year at The University of Louisiana-Monroe where he appeared in 12 games as a junior. He racked up 28 solo tackles, 48 assists, 5 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions and 8 passes defended. A productive junior season would lead him to transfer to TCU for his senior year.

In 2022 with TCU, he appeared in 15 games and once again put up solid numbers. He recorded 26 solo tackles, 9 assists, 2.5 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions, 1 touchdown and 12 passes defended.

His collegiate career would conclude in 2023 with the TCU Horned Frogs where he would appear in 12 games. He totaled 26 solo tackles, 7 assists, 1 interception, and 9 passes defended.


Measurables

Height: 6’0” (63rd-percentile)                                 

Weight: 190 lbs (38th-percentile)

Age: 22.7                                                      

Class: Senior


NCAA Statistics

Defense & Fumbles Table
    Tackles Def Int Fumbles
Year School Conf Class Pos G Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
2019 Louisiana-Monroe Sun Belt FR CB 10 14 6 20 0.0 0.0 0 0   0 2 0     0
2020 Louisiana-Monroe Sun Belt SO CB 10 11 5 16 0.5 0.0 1 35 35.0 0 5 0     0
2021 Louisiana-Monroe Sun Belt SO CB 12 28 20 48 5.0 0.0 2 46 23.0 0 8 0     0
*2022 TCU Big 12 JR   15 26 9 35 2.5 0.0 3 114 38.0 1 12 0 0 0 0
2023 TCU Big 12 SR CB 12 26 7 33 0.0 0.0 1 53 53.0 0 9 0 0 0 0
Career Overall         105 47 152 8.0 0.0 7 248 35.4 1 36 0 0 0 0
  Louisiana-Monroe         53 31 84 5.5 0.0 3 81 27.0 0 15 0     0
  TCU         52 16 68 2.5 0.0 4 167 41.8 1 21 0 0 0 0
Provided by CFB at Sports ReferenceView Original Table
Generated 2/28/2024.

 

Scouting Reports

Strengths

  • Excellent as both a run defender and in coverage.
  • Has elite shirt-area quickness and speed at all levels.
  • Is great in zone coverage with quick movements across the field.
  • As a former wide receiver, he has an elite ball-tracking ability.

Weaknesses

  • He lacks elite burst and is susceptible to being beaten deep by speedy receivers.
  • Has below-average skills as a man coverage defender.
  • Can be inefficient in and out of his breaks and struggles when transitioning to a back-pedal.
  • Is prone to penalties due to his heavy reliance on a physical style.

Pre-Draft Analysis

Expected Draft Capital: Late Round 3

Ideal Landing Spot: San Francisco 49ers

Josh Newton TCU
Courtesy of nflmockdraftdatabase.com

The San Francisco 49ers were one win away from being champions but couldn’t pull it out. A Day 2 cornerback with upside could be exactly what they need to get over the hump.

Josh Newton was part of a talented TCU squad and has more than enough skills to be an elite defender at the next level, if he can develop into a more well-rounded defender, he could be a steal in Round 3.