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Josh Newton 2024 NFL Draft: Combine Results, Scouting Report For TCU CB

Dec 31, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; TCU Horned Frogs cornerback Josh Newton (24) tackles Michigan Wolverines wide receiver Ronnie Bell (8) during the 2022 Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The 2024 NFL Draft is getting close, making it an excellent time to highlight some of the class' best players with scouting reports. Each report will include strengths, weaknesses and background information. 

Here's our report on Josh Newton.

Josh Newton's 2024 NFL COMBINE RESULTS

  • Height: 5-foot-11
  • Weight: 190
  • 40-yard dash: 4.52
  • 10-yard dash: 1.55
  • Vertical jump: 34"
  • Broad jump: 124'
  • Arm: 31 1/8"
  • Wingspan: 74 1/4"



  • Position versatility to play on the outside (primarily to the boundary) and move into the slot, depending on the formation.
  • Physical, challenging CB who disrupts WR's release from press alignment with his hands (good press CB).
  • Good vision and recognition skills to trade off route concepts in combo/zone coverage schemes (sees the field)
  • Most comfortable from pressed alignment in man coverage schemes – good technique with hands and feet.
  • Solid outside CB in zone coverage schemes because of his positioning, technique and communication.
  • Willing tackler who breaks down and wraps up in open field - good in pursuit but gets stuck on blocks.


  • Handsy CB with a bad tendency to rely on hands to contact WRs at the top of routes (illegal contact in the NFL).
  • Lacking elite, top-end speed to stick with vertically explosive and quicker WRs, especially when unable to jam.
  • Noisy zone CB who can be influenced by underneath routes, opening voids for throws over the top.
  • Tight hips affect his ability to transition out of his backpedal, especially changing direction laterally or downhill, allowing separation out of his breaks (he struggles more from off alignment).
  • Needs to improve footwork when redirecting in coverage. He lacks the lateral agility needed to stick with WRs.
  • He struggles to get his head around and locate the ball on his back shoulder, and red zone fades. His ball skills are inconsistent.

Nov 11, 2023; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; TCU Horned Frogs cornerback Josh Newton (2) in action during the game between the TCU Horned Frogs and the Texas Longhorns at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


Newton aligned from both sides of the field, playing primarily as the boundary CB, and moved into the slot, depending on the personnel/scheme and offensive formation. He has solid size and physicality, allowing him to excel from press alignment. His skill set is best suited for Cover 2 schemes where he can disrupt WRs at snap and then read the QB and route combinations.

He is a handsy CB who likes to jam WRs release at snap to disrupt the timing of the play. He committed multiple penalties between Oklahoma and Texas games for holding WRs off LOS and down the field. This helps him mask his questionable vertical speed to run with speedy WRs. Xavier Worthy from Texas beat him a go route for a big gain. Newton struggles more in space due to upright play and tight hips, causing problems redirecting and changing direction vs. quicker WRs.

Overall, Newton's size and skill provide position versatility to align outside and in the slot. He is best suited in press coverage schemes (man and Cover-2), allowing him to use his aggression and size to be disruptive at the snap (style of play could result in a lot of penalties in the NFL).

Limited explosiveness and top-end speed make him a late-round Pick on Day 3. He provides secondary depth and special teams potential and could become a subpackage contributor and solid backup in a few years.


Newton is from Monroe, LA, and was a two-star recruit. He was the nation's 479th-ranked WR coming out of high school, where he played both WR and DB. He switched from WR to DB in his second season at ULM and played the rest of his collegiate career at CB. Newton played in 59 games in the last five seasons.

Newton was named first-team All-Big 12 in 2022 and second-team All-Big 12 in 2023. He finished his career with 152 tackles, 8 TFLs, 7 INTs and 36 PBUs.

In 2022, Newton had 491 coverage snaps and was targeted on 61 pass attempts, allowing only 21 completions (34.4 percent) for 321 yards and five touchdowns with three interceptions and had 10 PBUs. He played from press alignment on only 162 of his 491 coverage snaps (33 percent of his snaps). Newton played more zone coverage than man (57 percent zone and 43 percent man).

In 2023, Newton had 389 coverage snaps, and he was targeted on 44 pass attempts, allowing 16 completions (36.4 percent) for 213 yards and one touchdown. He also recorded one interception and 14 PBUs (tied for fourth in the nation in PBUs).

He played from press alignment with 111 of his 389 coverage snaps (28.5 percent of his snaps). Newton again played more zone coverage concepts than man (56 percent zone and 44 percent man.)