Chicago Bears: Round 5 Ι Pick No. 136 via CIN
I’m not very high on Jamie Newman to start this, but him in the fifth round is extremely enticing. His natural arm talent and his athletic ability aren’t very common in a quarterback and he is definitely worth the dart throw in the fifth round.
Newman was a successful quarterback at Wake Forest who transferred to Georgia for the 2020 season. He opted out due to COVID-19, which disappointed many who were looking forward to seeing him take the next step. He has the size, speed, athletic ability, and arm strength to be an elite quarterback at the next level. Newman just needs to put it all together.
Newman does have his issues, and they aren’t good. He struggled mightily with accuracy issues. Additionally, he tends to lock onto one receiver and not even look at any others. That could’ve been the scheme, but regardless, it is worrisome. His decision-making is extremely poor at times as well, but that is why he is a fifth-round pick and not a first-round pick.
Newman, as said before, is a developmental quarterback. He won’t be the starter in 2021, but it would be nice to have him develop behind a starter for a few seasons to see if he can develop into anything. It remains to be seen who the starter will be, but the Bears need to draft a quarterback unless they acquire Deshaun Watson.