INDIANAPOLIS – In the past few years, the Colts have had some success in local products contributing on the 53-man roster.
Jonathan Newsome hopes he can follow suit with the likes of Joe Reitz and Jack Doyle.
The Colts chose Newsome in the fifth round on Saturday afternoon after he spent the last two seasons at Ball State University.
Newsome is 6-3 and 236 pounds and showed the flexibility to play defensive end or outside linebacker, depending on the Cardinals defensive schemes.
Below are five quick takeaways from the newest member of the Colts:
- The old saying of you can never have enough pass rushing options comes in to play with Newsome. In his two seasons at Ball State, Newsome piled up 16.5 sacks from his defensive end/outside linebacker position.
- Where exactly Newsome fits into the Colts 3-4 defensive scheme will be interesting to watch. He played both defensive end and outside linebacker in college. The Colts have some nice depth at the outside linebacker position with Bjoern Werner backing up Erik Walden and Robert Mathis.
- This is the first Ball State player the Colts have drafted. Newsome was a product of Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio where he played for Ted Ginn Sr. (the father of NFL wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr.). Newsome then attended Ohio State for two seasons before transferring to Ball State.
- Back in 2003, the Colts selected a bit of an undersized pass rusher in Robert Mathis. Newsome can't wait to get into the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center next week and meet the NFL's sack champ. "I'm going to be his little brother. He doesn't know that yet," Newsome said of Mathis.
- Any player that gets drafted on the final day of the draft (outside of a guy in the trenches or quarterback) better be prepared to play special teams. In a one-on-one with Colts.com, Newsome singled out his eagerness to play special teams.