After playing sparingly as a freshman, Newton broke out with a huge sophomore campaign. In 2004, he finished with 56 catches for 687 yards and seven touchdowns. Poised for a standout junior year, Newton tore a muscle in his leg before the season and missed the entire season. He bounced back with a solid senior season, catching 30 receptions for 392 yards and five touchdowns.
The first thing that jumps out about Newton is that he has excellent size. He is very tall, and has the frame to add more weight. He combines his height with solid athleticism, and it allows him to be a threat as a receiver. He is a huge target for the QB, but he is an excellent receiver. Newton knows how to find a soft spot in the defense, and has excellent hands. He will go up and grab the football out of the air, even when covered tight be a defender.
Newton is a very good receiver, but he is not a real playmaker. He will catch anything thrown his way but he will not do much after the catch. His lankiness also hinders him as a blocker. He is not real strong at the point of attack, and defenders can drive him out of running plays.
Joe Newton could develop into an excellent red zone and intermediate receiver in the NFL. His size and receiving skills are top notch. He will have to get stronger to develop more as a blocker to improve his all around skills. His lack of true playmaking skills will probably keep him from being a prime draft pick, but he can be successful in the NFL.