Vikings Draft 2021: Pre-Super Bowl five-round mock draft

(Photo by Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports) Jamie Newman
(Photo by Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports) Jamie Newman /
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Fifth Round (Pick No. 155)

Jamie Newman – QB (Wake Forest)

There’s no way to sugarcoat it, Jamie Newman did not have a great Senior Bowl game. He was extremely indecisive with the football and he should have thrown when he ran and ran when he should’ve thrown.

He also took too many sacks and instead should have looked to take off or throw the ball away. His lackluster showing can mostly be attributed to not playing all season as there was clear rust on his skills, especially from a decision-making standpoint.

Despite the down performance, Newman possesses plenty of traits that will translate well to the NFL. He’s got a pretty deep ball that is accurate and he usually puts the ball where only his receivers can catch it.

He also has the ability to take off and create plays with his feet. He’s in the mold of what the NFL wants from the position these days and would give the Vikings’ a spark coming off the bench.

Talent-wise Newman would be a step up from Sean Mannion, though his lack of experience wouldn’t help if he were forced into action. This kid could be the perfect mid-round selection to groom behind Kirk Cousins and learn from him for a season or two before competing to be the starter.