Xavier Newman-Johnson

Xavier Newman-Johnson

Measurements
  • Height
    6020
  • Hand
    9 6/8
  • VJ
    -
  • Weight
    303lbs
  • Arm
    32 5/8
  • Speed
    -
OG Combine Averages
  • Height
    6042
  • Hand
    9 3/4
  • VJ
    -
  • Weight
    314lbs
  • Arm
    33 1/4
  • Speed
    5.23
Nathan Pratt - Scout
Xavier Newman-Johnson
  • Overall Rank
    149
  • Position Rank
    12
  • Position
    OG
  • Age
    22.9 Years
  • Team
    BAYLOR

Stats

Year Starts Games Sacks Allowed Hits Allowed Pressures Pressure %
2017 8 11 4 4 21 5.6%
2018 3 7 0 1 8 4.4%
2019 8 10 0 9 20 5.3%
2020 4 5 4 1 9 5.2%
2021 14 14 0 0 7 1.9%

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Limited Height and Weight with a compact thick midsection and thighs frame could add 10 more pounds but that would max it out. Missed no games due to injury in his career but missed the first two weeks in 2020 due to an “off the field issue”. Played 850/962 Offensive snaps and 5 Special Teams snaps in 2021.

  • Size
    4
  • Length
    5
  • Frame/Durability
    6
Grade 5.0

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Plays with a good motor and effort and is seen consistently looking for work. Effort and intensity would be seen hitting a second level in the second half and especially in the 4th Quarter. Would be seen constantly looking for work in pass protection and picking up stunts and twists smoothly as well as any blitzers. Would also have a good feel of who was around him in the run game, consistently being able to identify and transition to the closest threat quickly and smoothly.

  • Toughness
    6
  • Instincts
    6
  • Effort/Motor
    6
Grade 6.0

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Newman-Johnson is an adequate athlete who shows an explosive get off and adequate straight-line speed. Seen executing reach blocks with ease and reaching the second level quickly. Has natural leverage and pad level due to his size but will still rise too often when blocking giving up the leverage, he had to begin the play. His strength is average and will need to improve in his legs and core as he far too often would be driven back by larger stronger players and they will only get bigger and stronger in the NFL. When in pass protection he demonstrates a good ability to change directions with rushers and smoothly moves his feet in pass protection to mirror them.

  • Explosiveness
    6
  • Speed
    6
  • Body Control
    6
  • Flexibility/Bend
    5
  • Change of Direction
    5
  • Play Strength
    5
Grade 5.5

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Pass Block – Newman-Johnson is an adequate pass blocker who relies on his technique and fundamentals far more than his physical talent which will help him in the NFL as he will have to rely on his technique to win. His hand placement is inconsistent but when he gets them in the right position his grip strength helps him stall and control the rusher. He was seen also playing with a wide base that would allow him to absorb the contact on bullrushes but due to his pad level rising he would struggle anchoring for long and would be driven back. Had a tendency to lunge and attempt to snatch pass rushers which left him susceptible to patient pass rushers who had a second plan on their rushes. When faced with a speed rusher he demonstrated his light quick feet and would be able to mirror and stay with them in pass pro. He needs to develop a proper punch to help him stall power rushers as he rarely would knock any rusher back with his hands. When not matched up with a rusher his eyes would scan for threats and then proceed to help his other OL in pass pro. Run Block – Demonstrates the athleticism and explosion necessary to execute reach blocks on wide/outside zone plays but lacked the strength to stay square with the defender and seal his edge instead being driven back clogging the hole for the runner. On duo blocks his aiming point was a bit high and can be lowered to help him generate more push at the LOS. Really excels in zone blocking/screens where he can use his athleticism to get into space to block, though he needs to improve the angles he takes in space as he far too often would overrun his assignment and miss the block. Showed good timing and understanding when he needed to move to the second level and always ensured the first level was secure before moving up. Play Temperament needs to improve as he shows an ability to drive and finish defenders but did not show the desire to do so.

  • Pass Block
    6
  • Run Block
    5
  • Strike
    4
  • Second Level
    4
  • Pulling/Space Play
    6
  • Anchor
    4
  • Footwork
    5
  • Play Temperament
    5
Grade 4.9

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
Xavier Newman-Johnson finishes his career at Baylor starting in 37/47 games he appeared in while being named a Big 12 Honorable Mention offensive linemen in 2021 helping pave the way for the nations 10th ranked rushing attack. Newman-Johnson is a day 3 pick who projects well to an NFL team who values athletic offensive lineman that operate well in space while also bringing positional versatility as he had starts at all 3 interior positions. Should not be relied on to start day 1 but could develop into a solid starter in the future after being in an NFL strength program. At the worst he is swing guard who brings valuable depth.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • vs Texas Tech
  • Jan - 01 - 1970
  • Strong in Pass protection and consistently sealed his reach blocks and generated movement
  • iconWorst Game
  • vs Oklahoma
  • Jan - 01 - 1970
  • Struggled maintaining pocket integrity and consistently got pushed back in the run game
Best Trait
Athleticism, Pass Block Technique
Pro Comparison
Austin Blythe