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*** [RD 5] Bengals Select ~ JOSH NEWTON, CB ***

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Josh Newton

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Prospect Info

Monroe, LA
5’ 11’’
190 lbs
31 1/8’’
9 1/4’’


A well-built cornerback with inside/outside versatility, Newton’s 2022 tape was slightly better than his 2023 film. He’s capable in press and is made for old-fashioned Cover 2 looks where he can redirect the release and sink into zone coverage. Newton plays tall in space, creating inconsistencies in transitioning to match routes and he will lose downfield to speedsters. He’s competitive and physical at the catch point and is willing to do his part in run support. He has good football makeup, but it seems like he’s more likely to be around an NFL receiver rather than actively making plays on the ball.


  • Has played a whopping 4,000-plus snaps during his collegiate career.
  • Understands how to press and is physical in the first five yards.
  • Crowds boundary runners when in phase and turns to find the football.
  • Quick to read quarterback and pounce on throws from zone.
  • Leaps and times catch challenges with strong hands.
  • Active and capable stepping downhill to support the run.
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Josh Newton CB, TCU

Height: 6-0, Weight: 190

Outside, press man type. Some stiffness changing directions out of what is a very balanced backpedal. Checks size and length boxes. Not always aware when the football is arriving and doesn't have premier ball skills. Misses too many tackles. The press-coverage skill makes him intriguing but limited athletically. (Chris Trapasso)



Josh Newton is an outside press-man CB prospect. Has some stop-start juice to make plays in zone, but most of his experience is on an island in man. Backpedal is technically sound and sudden but tends to have problems transitioning out of it, causing WRs to generate separation breaking off their route stem. Length and size are requisite to play on the outside in today's NFL. Mirroring is good, not great. Will get his hands on the football, but not at an alarmingly high rate. Awareness needs to improve. Long speed is there but faster WRs will be able to accelerate past him once the jets are turned on. No real trump card but a solid boundary CB prospect with a bit of athletic deficiencies. Not a superb tackler, either.


  • First-team All-Big 12 (2022) and second-team All-Big 12 (2023)
  • Led Big 12 with 21 passes defended in past 2 seasons
  • Plenty of experience in press man
  • Patience and physicality blend on an island
  • Good build
Combine Data
  • 40-yard dash: 4.51 seconds
  • Bench press: 15 reps
  • Vertical jump: 34 inches
  • 20-yard shuttle run: 4.15 seconds
  • Broad jump: 10 feet, 4 inches
  • 3-cone drill: 7.01 seconds
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20. JOSH NEWTON | TCU 5105 | 190 lbs. | 6SR Monroe, La. (Ouachita Parish) 9/14/2000 (age 23.61) #2


BACKGROUND: Josh Newton grew up in Monroe. He started playing football at age 6, but his first love was track — he won a youth national championship in the 4x100 in 2011. Newton attended Ouachita Parish High School, where he was a three-year varsity letterman and played both ways as a cornerback and wide receiver. After starting as a junior, he earned first team All-District honors as a senior, helping Ouachita Parish to a 7-5 record and the second round of the 2017 5A state playoffs. Newton finished his final season with 35 receptions for 733 yards (20.9 average) and 11 touchdowns. He also ran track in high school (sprints and relays) and advanced to the 2018 state championships after setting a personal best in the 100 meters (10.67 seconds) at regionals. A two-star recruit, Newton was the No. 450 wide receiver in the 2018 recruiting class and the No. 142 recruit in Louisiana. He struggled to receive much attention as a recruit until his hometown school, Louisiana-Monroe, offered him a full-ride scholarship a few weeks before signing day. That ended up being his only FBS offer. Newton was the No. 23 recruit (out of 24) in former head coach Matt Viator’s 2018 class. He signed as a wide receiver but transitioned t o cornerback during 2019 spring practices. He also joined the track team at Louisiana-Monroe and set personal bests of 6.91 in the 60 meters and 23.34 in the 200 as a sophomore in 2020.


After four seasons with the program, Newton entered the transfer portal in December 2021 but decided to stay at Louisiana-Monroe so he could graduate. After receiving his degree five months later (May 2022), he reentered the transfer portal and enrolled at TCU a few weeks later. Newton took advantage of the extra year of eligibility granted because of the pandemic and returned to Fort Worth for his sixth season in 2023. He accepted his invitation to the 2024 Senior Bowl but was unable to participate because of injury.


BACK TO TABLE OF CONTENTS 269 YEAR (GP/GS) TKLS TFL SACK FF PD INT NOTES 2018: Redshirted Louisiana-Monroe; Enrolled in August 2018 2019: (12/12) 20 0.0 0.0 0 2 0 Louisiana-Monroe 2020: (10/10) 16 0.5 0.0 0 6 1 Louisiana-Monroe; Led team in INTs and passes defended; Pandemic-shortened season 2021: (12/10) 48 5.0 0.0 0 8 2 Louisiana-Monroe; Led team in INTs and passes defended 2022: (15/15) 35 2.5 0.0 0 15 3 TCU; First Team All-Big 12; 57-yard INT TD 2023: (12/12) 33 0.0 0.0 0 9 1 TCU; Second Team All-Big 12; Led team in passes defended; Team captain Total: (61/59) 152 8.0 0.0 0 40 7 HT WT HAND ARM WING 40-YD 20-YD 10-YD VJ BJ SS 3C BP COMBINE 5105 190 9 1/4 31 1/8 74 1/4 4.51 2.67 1.59 34 10’4” 4.15 7.01 15 PRO DAY 5104 192 8 7/8 29 7/8 73 1/4 - - - - - - - - (position drills only — choice)


STRENGTHS: Athletic movements to shadow and mirror in man coverage (models his game after Darrelle Revis) … throttles his tempo in transitions to stay within phase on different limbs of the route tree (ran track in college) … physical hands in press to escort receivers to the sideli ne … plays with the spatial awareness to defend high-low combinations … aggressive mindset at the catch point to establish body position and find the football … voted a 2023 team captain … TCU head coach Sonny Dykes calls him “the least entitled player I’ve ever coached,” and defensive coordinator Joe Gillespie says he is the “ultimate competitor” … didn’t play on kick or punt coverages as a senior but was a regular in 2022 (512 career special-teams snaps) … played a lot of college football (59 career starts).


WEAKNESSES: Average size and speed for the position by NFL standards … can be stressed versus sprinting speed and must win early to avoid the burn unit … footwork get crazed at the top of his routes and struggles to regain phase after he loses it … will clutch and grab when challenged vertically, leading to attention from officials … needs to do a better job getting his head turned mid-stride … not a confident catcher and left some interceptions on the field … inconsistent tackle balance will lead to misses in the run game … wasn’t used as a blitzer and didn’t make a ton of plays near the line of scrimmage … NFL scouts cooled on him throughout his final season in college … will be a 24-year-old rookie.


SUMMARY: A two-year starter at TCU, Newton was primarily an outside cornerback in defensive coordinator Joe Gillespie’s 3-3-5 scheme (with packages of two-high and one-high looks). After four seasons at Louisiana-Monroe, he transferred to Fort Worth and led the Horned Frogs with 24 combined passes defended over the last two seasons. Whether in bump-and-run or zone coverage, Newton plays both alert and smooth to diagnose route combinations and outcompete receivers to the catch point. However, he struggles to recover after coverage missteps — he had a tough time keeping up with Texas’ talented wide receivers in 2023 (allowed nine catches for 131 yards and one touchdown in that game and was flagged for holding twice). Overall, Newton has only average twitch and long speed for tight coverage versus NFL athletes, but he is instinctive and competitive with inside-outside experience. He projects best in a zone-heavy scheme, in which he can work short areas and play the ball in front of him. GRADE: 4th-5th Round

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This Newton selection seems a lot like the NT Jackson pick where his tape from the previous year was better than this year's, which caused them both to drop down among draft  before the draft.






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Two of our picks this year (NT, and now the CB from TCU) were top 50 guys in the preseason. I’ve always been a fan of looking at guys who dropped from one year to the next, because it usually means an injury or off year or bad testing numbers contradict the good tape they created the original buzz with.



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