Cowboys Select Terence Newman

With the fifth selection in the 2003 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys have selected Kansas State cornerback Terence Newman. Newman will be given every opportunity to compete for a starting spot in the Cowboys' secondary next season.

Newman is a pure cover corner that has true sprinters' speed on the football field. More importantly, he has good hips and is seemingly able to cut on a dime. He loses nothing in transition can go toe-to-toe with the opposing team's top wide receiver, whether its across the middle or 40-yards downfield.

He also has nice size for a cover corner, coming in at 5-11, 188 pounds in his most recent physical. Solid backpedal, excellent footwork and overall cover techniques.

"He uses the sidelines well and positions himself to make a play on the ball," notes NFL Draft expert Tony Pauline. He's quick to close and has top recovery speed to go along with nice size."

Newman started 11 games last season, totaling 51 total tackles, 14 passes broken up, 3 interceptions, and 2 blocked kicks.
Newman started 11 games last season for the Wildcats, totaling 51 total tackles, 14 passes broken up, 3 interceptions, and 2 blocked kicks. He also returned 9 kickoffs for an average of almost 24 yards.

His cover skills have been well documented, but his run support is where he'll have to improve. He also has some trouble handling some of the bigger wide receivers he's face throughout his career.

While the upside on Newman is undoubtedly tremendous, he'll have to continue to work hard in the weight room before hitting the practice fields in NFL if he's going to take his game to the next level.

Newman runs a 4.41 40-yard dash and was instrumental in the Wildcats' return to the national spotlight this past season. Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder put him out there on an island, and he responded by becoming one of the top cover corners in the country.

Terence Newman Profile
5-10, 189, 4.4
Kansas State University

Fifth-year senior…High school and college track star who was an All-American and Big 12 100 meter sprint champion…Two-year starter who had 105 tackles, 28 passes broken up and eight interceptions…Won the Thorpe Award in 2002 – given to the best defensive back in college football…Excellent combination of speed, reaction quickness and leaping ability…Has excellent break on getting under slant routes…An adept special teamer who returned punts and kickoffs as well as blocking field goals and punts…Doubled as a wide receiver in several game situations…Incredible speed that floored a lot of scouts at the Combine and had him mentioned as potentially the No. 1 overall pick…Isn't very experienced as a big-time CB – just two years of starting time…Is a little older than most would like – he'll turn 25 this year…Lacks ideal height…Isn't much of a help in run support and some have compared his athletic ability to Deion Sanders, but also his tackling…Solidified his draft status with a 4.39 40 at the Combine and a tremendous 41-inch vertical jump.

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