Nashville alum selected by Green Bay in NFL Draft

Cutline: Royce Newman watches a home football game this season. The NCHS grad has been selected to play for the Green Bay Packers in the 2021 NFL Draft. Photo by Charles Guffey.

University of Mississippi senior Royce Newman was selected in the fourth round of the NFL Draft this weekend by the Green Bay Packers.

Newman was selected as the 142nd overall pick. Digital reporter Wes Hodkiewicz said on Green Bay’s website that Newman “offers a lot of professional flexibility” for the Packers as they add to their offensive line.

“You look at his skill set,” he said. “There were a lot of comparisons that were made to Billy Turner.”

Newman was a 2016 graduate of Nashville Community High School. He was part of the 2015 team who made it to the Final Four in the Class 2A state championship playoff series.

Royce Newman, NCHS Class of 2016
Royce Newman at Ole Miss

Newman was a force to be reckoned with on the field. He was the top ranked player in his position in Illinois, and had Newman ranked as the 14th player in the country for 2016.

He closed out his career at NCHS as the all-time leading receiver with 67 receptions and 1,120 receiving yards. He finished his senior season with 37 receptions, which was the third most in one season in Nashville history, a record tied with Ethan Reid. He also finished with 732 yards that season, another school record.

 Newman finished his career at Nashville High School as the all time leading receiver with 67 receptions and 1,120 receiving yards. Newman finished his senior year with 37 receptions, 3rd most in one season in Nashville history tied with Ethan Reid, and 732 yards, another school record. He also made All-Conference honors for both offense and defense that year with two other Hornets.

Newman played tight end and switched to offensive lineman. Then Hornets Coach Tim Kuhn said: “If there’s anybody that’s gonna do it, it’s Royce Newman.”

At Ole Miss, Newman allowed just three sacks in 847 pass blocks over the last two seasons. Watch a highlight reel below:

Green Bay Co-director of player personnel Jon-Eric Sullivan said it was a combination of Newman’s talent and “blue-collar, tough and smart” personality that made him an ideal fit for the team.

“He was a versatile piece, and we were really excited to get him,” he said. “We got a good football player who can do different things.”

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