Jamie Newman is leaving Georgia without ever playing a snap for the Bulldogs.
Newman, who graduate transferred from Wake Forest with expectations of competing for a Heisman Trophy and a national championship with the Bulldogs, announced Wednesday that he had decided to opt out of the 2020 college football season and begin preparing for the 2021 NFL draft.
Newman was viewed as a potential early-round pick in the 2021 NFL draft if he had a big year with the Bulldogs. Unlike many of the other players who have opted out to declare for the draft, though, his draft stock is much murkier after his decision to opt out, as NFL talent evaluators were looking to see Newman take his game to new heights with more talent around him in Athens.
QB Jamie Newman had a real opportunity to get his name in the first three rounds with a strong 2020 season— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) September 2, 2020
And that's still possible, but right now most of the NFL evaluators I talk to have him in the 4th-6th round range. https://t.co/1Mttu60e1U
Naturally, Newman's decision to opt out led to more speculation about whether Justin Fields could transfer back to Georgia after the Ohio State quarterback was spotted at a Georgia scrimmage on Saturday. That, however, remains highly unlikely – Fields is already a sure-fire first-round pick, so he'll almost certainly go straight into NFL draft prep whenever he moves on from Ohio State – and USC transfer JT Daniels, who was granted immediate eligibility to play this season, is now in line to be the Bulldogs' starter.
This is a joke, of course, but it should be noted, players are not going to be able to get an immediate eligibility waiver based on their teams not playing in the fall.— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) September 2, 2020
Maybe for something else. But not that. https://t.co/Jc6Y8uSP5U