Draft Day Target: DB Terence Newman

Today, CowboyUpdate.com starts our tradional draft day coverage by focusing exclusively on the targets that Jerry Jones and company will be looking at with the #5 selection in the 2003 NFL Draft.

The Cowboys' aren't going to fool to many people when it comes to the 2003 NFL Draft. There are several needs that should be filled before training camp comes rolling around next July, but one of the more pressing concerns still lies in the secondary.

Mario Edwards has likely locked down his spot at corner for another year, but across the way, many question marks still remain about who can step in and get the job done.

One of the more prominent names being mentioned around Valley Ranch is none other than Kansas State cornerback Terrence Newman, an All-Big 12 selection and Jim Thorpe finalist from this past season.

Newman started 11 games last season, totaling 51 total tackles, 14 passes broken up, 3 interceptions, and 2 blocked kicks.
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."

While Newman is one of the top ranked corners headed into the combines, and most experts have him going in the top 6 or 7 picks, this could very well be another situation where the Cowboys could trade down and still land his services outside of the #8 selection.

In other words, Terrence Newman could be a big time target of Jerry Jones and Bill Parcells when the Cowboys go on the clock on April 26th.

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.

While the Cowboys will be looking to fill several needs this year, perhaps no other cornerback fits the bill like Newman.

Furthermore, when you consider that Jerry Jones might be able to trade down and grab a couple of more picks later in the first round or early in the second and still be able to land this kid, you have to feel good about him.

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