After trading away the 135th overall pick to move up on day two of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers had to wait a bit longer than originally planned to go on the clock for the first time on day three. However, that wait was not terribly long, as the Packers still had the 142nd overall pick and used that selection to bolster
With that 142nd pick, the Packers have selected an offensive tackle, Royce Newman out of Ole Miss.
Newman was a two-year starter in Oxford, playing left guard in 2019 and right tackle in 2020. At 6-foot-5 and 310 pounds, Newman has solid size for the position, but his versatility and ability to play multiple positions will certainly be a plus for him in Green Bay.
A native of Nashville, Illinois, Newman attended the Senior Bowl this fall. At Ole Miss’ Pro Day, he timed at 5.13 seconds in the 40-yard dash with an impressive 1.75 time in the first ten yards. He was a bit slow for the Packers’ tendencies in the 3-cone drill at 7.91 seconds, but he hit the short shuttle number of 4.75 seconds.
According to Packer Report’s Ross Uglem, Newman was tremendously efficient as a pass-blocker:
New #Packers OL Royce Newman allowed three sacks and 26 total pressures in 916 pass-blocking snaps over four years at Ole Miss at multiple positions.— Ross Uglem (@RossUglem) May 1, 2021
97.8% pass blocking efficiency
The Packers’ next selection will come near the end of round five, when they take the clock for pick number 173 overall.