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Report: Broncos met virtually with Northwestern cornerback Greg Newsome II

Pre-draft meetings have started.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 02 Northwestern at Indiana Photo by James Black/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

According to reports, the Denver Broncos are among the teams that have met virtually with Northwestern cornerback Greg Newsome II recently.

He’s considered a potential first-round player by some and we know the Broncos will likely be in the market for a cornerback, even if they sign one in free agency. Newsome at 9 would be a bit early, but if they decided to trade back or if he’s there with their second-round selection, they could consider him.

NFL Network’s Draft expert Daniel Jeremiah recently ranked Newsome as his 31st best prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Newsome is a tall, agile cornerback. He played a lot of off coverage in Northwestern’s scheme. He stays crouched in his pedal and is always under control. He’s fluid when he opens up to turn and carry vertical routes. He stays in phase and he can locate/play the ball. He doesn’t have an explosive plant/drive, but he does have the awareness to anticipate throws. He has excellent instincts versus the run and pass. Against the run, he will hang on blocks too long at times, but he is a solid tackler once he frees himself. I expect Newsome to develop into a reliable starting cornerback very early in his NFL career

Newsome is listed at 6’1, 190 pounds so he has the size to play boundary corner which is a need for the Broncos right now.

As we know, currently, the Broncos have Bryce Callahan and Michael Ojemudia at corner and will be looking to add one or two starters this offseason along with some depth as well. I expect a starter to be added via free agency and some depth and/or another potential starter in the draft as well. Newsone definitely fits the mold of the type of corner they’ll be interested in as well.

I expect this to be the first of many reported virtual meetings between the Broncos and one of the draft's top cornerbacks.