Royce Newman comes out of Ole Miss as a senior who played right tackle for the Rebels next year.
Newman stands 6’5″ weighing 310 pounds, with 33 and 3/4 inch arms and 9-inch hands, and ran a 5.16 forty time. He also registered a 28 inch vertical, 8’8″ broad jump, 7.91 3 cone drill, 4.75 20 yard shuttle, and a (lower than expected) 23 reps on the bench press.
Newman has played a lot of snaps in the SEC which is as good of prep as you could ask for out of a college prospect. Going up against the top-flight competition, he only gave up three (3) sacks last year as a tackle with over 800 eligible snaps which is pretty good!
Newman projects to be a right tackle who could potentially be kicked inside to guard duty, but this seems like a plug-and-play positional fit at RT. Plus he adds to the overall long-hair aesthetic that apparently the Packers strive for.
While Newman has guard experience, it is important to note that Lane Kiffin, Newman’s coach with Ole Miss and a former NFL head coach, moved Royce to tackle this past year despite Newman’s lack of length, which can make it really difficult to keep pass rushers from getting their hands inside. Kiffen wouldn’t have done this without a high degree of confidence that Newman would be able to maximize his leverage
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