Just as Joe Burrow and Justin Fields have done in the past, Jamie Newman is set up for significant success and a potential rise in the 2021 NFL Draft.
The transfer portal has become a complete game changer in the college football arena, as two high-caliber quarterbacks this year, Joe Burrow and Justin Fields, are both products of this new system. This year a few more quarterbacks have entered the portal, and one of which is set up to see a dramatic rise to his draft stock in the 2021 NFL Draft.
The University of Georgia has had multiple high-caliber quarterbacks come through their program, and now after Jake Fromm declared for the 2020 NFL Draft, they have a new signal caller undercenter in 2020. From Jacob Eason, to Fromm (with Justin Fields mixed in), and now the keys have been handed over to Jamie Newman.
After a year and a half as the starter at Wake Forest, Newman entered the transfer portal last month, landing with Georgia a short while later. In his first full season as a starter this past year with the Demon Deacons, Newman completed nearly 61 percent of his passes for over 2,800 yards, 26 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
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Now with his last year of eligibility, Newman will get an opportunity to face stiff SEC competition with the Bulldogs and impress NFL teams. At 6-4 and 230 pounds, Newman has the ideal size to play the position at the next level, and has a decent amount of mobility, rushing for 180 yards and six touchdowns on limited carries.
But what about Georgia’s stale offense that chased Fromm away from tanking his draft stock even further? Kirby Smart appeared to be a stagnant play caller at times this year for the Bulldogs, and the team struggled to light up the scoreboard given the talent they put on the gridiron.
Have no fear. Today, it was announced that Kirby Smart has hired Todd Monken as his offensive coordinator after a failure of a year with the Cleveland Browns (little fault of his own). A team that struggled to push the ball downfield and seemed a bit behind the times in 2019 will now get an infusion of the air raid offense from one of the gurus of the philosophy itself.
Outside of last seasons flop with the Browns, Monken has orchestrated high powered offenses with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and before that he spent three years as the head coach of the Southern Miss Golden Eagles, and previous to that posting gaudy offensive numbers as the offensive coordinator with the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Without a doubt, the Georgia Bulldogs will be slinging the ball around the field in 2020.
Monken has coached successful college gunslingers in his career such as Brandon Weeden at Oklahoma State, and Nick Mullens at Southern Miss. Newman’s arm and Monken’s philosophy, on paper, are a match made in heaven that should lead to significant success for the Bulldogs in 2020.
With the marriage of Todd Monken and Jamie Newman, competing in the SEC, the former Wake Forest quarterback has the ability to really rise up draft boards. The ball is in Newman’s court as he has all of the chips on the table. While rises like the one Joe Burrow displayed this year are tough to match, Newman has set himself up for significant success with the Bulldogs in 2020.