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 Draft Scout College Football Player News: Northwestern
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  At the beginning of each season, Northwestern selects one player to wear the No. 1 jersey. The honor, created in 2011, recognizes "the student-athlete who truly embodies the values and character of the Northwestern football family." A decade later, Greg Newsome II started a new tradition with the No. 2 jersey. Before he was selected 26th overall in the 2021 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, the former Wildcats cornerback passed down No. 2 - his own jersey number - to redshirt sophomore defensive back Cameron Mitchell, who wore No. 21 last season and allowed the lowest completion rate in the Big Ten. "He's one of the next guys up, so I wanted to pass the number down to him," Newsome told The Daily in April. "(No.) 2 is gonna be something that we're starting now." Earning the No. 2 jersey is a new honor for the best returning secondaries in the country. - The Daily Northwestern

(DS#999 CB) rSo/2024 CB Cameron MitchellNorthwestern
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  05/01/21 - Rashawn SlaterSr/2021, Northwestern, 6-4, 304 (DS#1 OG) + More +

  On Thursday night Northwestern had two players drafted in the first round for the first time in team history. Northwestern offensive tackle Rashawn Slater, one of 12 players on site in Cleveland for the 2021 NFL draft, was selected 13th overall by the Los Angeles Chargers in Thursday's first round. Cornerback Greg Newsome II watched virtually with his family as he was taken with the 26th overall pick by the Cleveland Browns. Slater, a 6-foot-5, 304-pound left tackle who opted out of the 2020 season, was the first Wildcats player taken in the first round since defensive tackle Luis Castillo in 2005. His selection ended the third-longest active first-round drought among Power Five programs. - Chicago Tribune

(DS#1 OG) Sr/2021 OG Rashawn SlaterNorthwestern
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  West Virginia University football has yet another unexpected loss to its starting defensive lineup. On Wednesday afternoon, senior defensive lineman Jeffery Pooler Jr. took to social media to announce his decision to enter the NCAA transfer portal. Pooler took advantage of the NCAA's offered extra year of eligibility after last season, but as it turns out, that extra season won't come with the Mountaineers. Pooler becomes the third starter off of the Mountaineer defense to transfer this offseason, joining spear Tykee Smith and cornerback Dreshun Miller, who have since landed at Georgia and Auburn, respectively. Pooler appeared in 38 games over four seasons with the Mountaineers, making 52 tackles, with 23 of them coming last season. He also set career highs in sacks (three) and tackles for loss (six) in 2020. - Charleston Gazette-Mail

(DS#999 DE) rSr/2022 DE Jeffery Pooler Jr.Northwestern
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  Another day, another West Virginia player says goodbye. This time it's in football as defensive end Jeffery Pooler, an experienced player, a third starter from the defense, announced on Twitter that he is entering the transfer portal. The way that's going there may wind up with more players across the country in the portal than not, last year's cycle having included almost 2,000 players. Pooler was expected to share the position with Taijh Alston, who missed most of the past two seasons with injuries but who now is healthy and played well in the spring game. Still, Pooler hurts the depth on the offensive line, which is one of the most potent units the Mountaineers have with Dante Stills at tackle and Akheem Mesidor at nose guard, backed up by Jordan Jefferson. Pooler had 26 tackles last year, 5.5 for a loss, with 2.5 sacks and three pass deflections. - Charleston Gazette-Mail

(DS#999 DE) rSr/2022 DE Jeffery Pooler Jr.Northwestern
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  03/09/21 - Andrew ClairrSr/2022, Northwestern, 5-10, 202 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Northwestern added valuable depth to its running back room Monday, receiving a commitment from graduate transfer running back Andrew Clair, formerly of Bowling Green. "2021 will be full of accomplishments and new beginnings," Clair said in announcing his decision via Twitter early Monday afternoon. "See you in Evanston in the fall." Clair leaves the Falcons after a successful four-year career in which he rushed for 1,937 yards and 13 touchdowns in 30 games. He accomplished these feats despite BGSU going 8-33 in his four years with the program, a litany of injuries, and an unthinkable personal tragedy in the loss of his 25-year-old sister, Tanisha Watson, to COVID-19 in the fall of 2020. - The Daily Northwestern

(DS#999 RB) rSr/2022 RB Andrew ClairNorthwestern
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  03/09/21 - Rashawn SlaterSr/2021, Northwestern, 6-4, 304 (DS#1 OG) + More +

  For the seventh consecutive year, Uplifting Athletes is empowering NFL prospects with the opportunity to use their NFL Pro Day as a platform to give back by raising funds and awareness in support of the Rare Disease Community. Reps For Rare Diseases has been used as a way for athletes to give back at a pivotal point in their quest to play at the highest level as they put their skills on display for NFL teams.

Eight former Northwestern Wildcat football players are using the next step toward their NFL dream as an opportunity to use their platform and make a difference. Each former Northwestern standout is running a 2021 Reps For Rare Diseases campaign for their upcoming NFL workout on March 9th to support Uplifting Athletes. Former Northwestern standouts offensive tackle Rashawn Slater, cornerback Greg Newsome II, defensive end Earnest Brown IV, linebacker Blake Gallagher, quarterback Peyton Ramsey, linebacker Paddy Fisher, offensive lineman Gunnar Vogel and wide receiver Riley Lees have each chosen to launch individual campaigns this year. - Northwestern Football


(DS#1 OG) Sr/2021 OG Rashawn SlaterNorthwestern
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  02/21/21 - Paddy FisherrSr/2021, Northwestern, 6-3, 240 (DS#15 ILB) + More +

  Northwestern linebacker Paddy Fisher won the Lott IMPACT Trophy, which goes to college football’s defensive player who has made the biggest impact on his team. The announcement was made Sunday night at the Pacific Club. The award is usually given in December, but was delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. IMPACT stands for integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity. Fisher had 86 tackles, 4 1/2 for loss, one interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery during the 2020 season. The senior from Katy, Texas, was also named Big Ten linebacker of the year. He finished his career with 404 tackles, most among active players. - AP College Football

(DS#15 ILB) rSr/2021 ILB Paddy FisherNorthwestern
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  02/06/21 - Andrew ClairrSr/2022, Northwestern, 5-10, 202 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Running back Andrew Clair, one of Bowling Green's top players and a multi-year starter, is in the transfer portal. Clair has rushed for more than 1,900 yards and 13 touchdowns in 30 career games at Bowling Green during the past four years. He was named third-team all-Mid-American Conference in both 2017 and 2018. Clair, a native of St. Louis, was recruited by multiple Power Five schools out of high school, but mostly as a defensive back. He chose BG because of his preference to play running back in college. During the past year, Clair's family was struck by tragedy at home. Tanisha Watson, his 25-year-old sister, died of complications from coronavirus in September. Clair returned to BG to finish his studies and play the season, during which he rushed for 266 yards in four games. - Toledo Blade

(DS#999 RB) rSr/2022 RB Andrew ClairNorthwestern
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  01/29/21 - Rashawn SlaterSr/2021, Northwestern, 6-4, 304 (DS#1 OG) + More +

  COVID-19 restrictions will prevent Northwestern from hosting players from other area schools at its pro day this year - a feature that made the event popular for NFL talent evaluators in previous years - but a good crowd is expected to attend March 9 anyway. Rashawn Slater is one of the top offensive line prospects in the country, and because he opted out of this past season and chose not to attend the Senior Bowl this week, teams will want to get a close look at him. With the NFL canceling the traditional scouting combine in Indianapolis, Northwestern's sparkling lakefront football facility likely will be filled with influential decision makers interested in inspecting Slater. He is expected to be the first NU player drafted in the first round since the San Diego Chargers selected defensive end Luis Castillo 28th in 2005. - Chicago Tribune

(DS#1 OG) Sr/2021 OG Rashawn SlaterNorthwestern
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  01/21/21 - Ryan HilinskiJr/2023, Northwestern, 6-2, 225 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Former South Carolina quarterback Ryan Hilinski announced Tuesday he is transferring to Northwestern. He is expected to become the Wildcats starter after Peyton Ramsey, who transferred in last season from Indiana, announced after the season he won't return. Hilinski will have three more years of eligibility as the NCAA is not counting the 2020 season against athletes' eligibility clocks. Hilinski started 11 games for South Carolina as a freshman in 2019, throwing for 2,357 yards with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. - Chicago Tribune

(DS#999 QB) Jr/2023 QB Ryan HilinskiNorthwestern
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  Former Kansas receiver Stephon Robinson Jr., who was one of the breakout performers for the Kansas football program in 2019, will next be catching passes in the Big Ten. Robinson, one of the many KU seniors from the 2020 roster who opted to enter the transfer portal and play a bonus season elsewhere, announced Friday afternoon that he had committed to Northwestern. Robinson began his KU career as a junior college transfer in the 2018 signing class under former head coach David Beaty. However, he didn't emerge as a big-play threat until Miles and receivers coach Emmett Jones arrived. - Lawrence Journal World

(DS#999 WR) Sr/2022 WR Stephon Robinson Jr.Northwestern
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  01/02/21 - Ryan HilinskiJr/2023, Northwestern, 6-2, 225 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  South Carolina quarterback Ryan Hilinski entered the NCAA transfer portal on Wednesday afternoon, USC officials confirmed. The sophomore, who has four years of eligibility remaining after every player in the country was given a free season due to the pandemic, will move on after a 2020 season that barely saw him take the field. During the 2019 season, Ryan Hilinski completed 236 of 406 passes for 2,357 yards and 11 touchdowns. He set a school record with 180 straight completions without an interception. - The Post and Courier

(DS#999 QB) Jr/2023 QB Ryan HilinskiNorthwestern
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  01/01/21 - Peyton RamseyrSr/2021, Northwestern, 6-2, 215 (DS#15 QB) + More +

  Northwestern's defense sent coordinator Mike Hankwitz into retirement as a winner. Peyton Ramsey threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score, and the 15th-ranked Wildcats clamped down defensively to beat Auburn 35-19 in the Citrus Bowl on Friday. Ramsey, a graduate transfer, totaled 291 yards passing and 50 yards rushing for Northwestern (7-2), which won its fourth straight bowl game. Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Brown, John Raine and Riley Lees had touchdown catches for the Wildcats, who bounced back from an ugly loss to Ohio State on Dec. 19 in the Big Ten championship game. It was the final game for the 73-year-old Hankwitz, who is retiring after a 51-year coaching career that included 400 victories at nine schools. He was the defensive coordinator for Colorado's 1990 national championship team and spent the last 13 seasons as Northwestern's coordinator. - AP College Football

(DS#15 QB) rSr/2021 QB Peyton RamseyNorthwestern
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  12/23/20 - *Greg Newsome IIJr/2021, Northwestern, 6-0, 192 (DS#5 CB) + More +

  A consensus All-Big Ten First Team selection, the junior led the Big Ten in passes defended and reeled in his first career interception against Wisconsin. In his most impressive performance of the season, Newsome held Purdue's star receiver David Bell to under 100 yards for the first time in five games. Newsome is the first Wildcats player to declare for the NFL Draft after three years on campus since Darnell Autry in 1996. He is also only the second player in the Pat Fitzgerald era to leave for the draft with a year of eligibility remaining after current Indianapolis Colts linebacker Anthony Walker in 2017. Newsome suffered a groin injury in Saturday's Big Ten Championship Game that will prevent him from playing in the Citrus Bowl against Auburn on New Year's Day. - The Daily Northwestern

(DS#5 CB) Jr/2021 CB *Greg Newsome IINorthwestern
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  12/21/20 - *Greg Newsome IIJr/2021, Northwestern, 6-0, 192 (DS#5 CB) + More +

  Northwestern cornerback Greg Newsome II is declaring for the 2021 NFL Draft. The news was first reported by Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports. A consensus All-Big Ten First Team selection, the junior led the Big Ten in passes defended and reeled in his first career interception against Wisconsin. In his most impressive performance of the season, Newsome held Purdue’s star receiver David Bell to under 100 yards for the first time in five games. Newsome is the first Wildcats player to declare for the NFL Draft after three years on campus since Darnell Autry in 1996. - Daily Northwestern

(DS#5 CB) Jr/2021 CB *Greg Newsome IINorthwestern
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