While the offensive prospects are dominating headlines for the 2024 NFL Draft, there are plenty of talented defensive players in this class who deserve to be hyped up. One of these players looks to be Jer’Zhan Newton, or “Johnny” Newton, out of Illinois.

We know he is going to hear his name announced early in the draft, but who is going to draft Newton? There seem to be several teams interested and in the mix. Below, we will give a Jer’Zhan Newton draft projection from many industry experts, as well as look at a Jer’Zhan Newton draft profile and scouting report.

Jer’Zhan Newton NFL Draft Profile 2024

Jer’Zhan Newton
Position: DT
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 304 lbs
Age: 21
College: Illinois Fighting Illini

Jer’Zhan Newton Stats 2023

  • Games: 12
  • Tackles: 52
  • TFL: 8.5
  • Sacks: 7.5

Johnny Newton Highlights

When is the 2024 NFL Draft?

The 2024 NFL Draft kicks off on Thursday, April 25, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Only Round 1 will take place on Thursday. Rounds 2-3 will take place on April 26th, with the remaining four rounds wrapping up on Sunday, Apil 27th. There will be 257 players selected across the seven rounds, with many more getting phone calls immediately afterward.

Jer’Zhan Newton Combine Results

To the disappointment of many, Jer’Zhan Newton did not participate in the 2024 NFL Combine.

Jer’Zhan Newton Scouting Report


Johnny Newton is disruptive on the interior. He’s strong and explosive, helping to make up for his lack of length. His handwork is among the best in the draft, and his footwork is terrific. Combine these things with a motor that is unmatched, and it makes sense why teams are interested in adding him early in the draft.


He got away with a lack of size and length in college, but it will be much tougher against NFL linemen. Newton was so much more athletic than most of his matchups in college that he was able to simply shoot a gap and make plays. In the NFL, this strategy will lead to him getting exposed.

For more 2024 NFL Draft profiles, check out our NFL Draft page!

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Johnny Newton Draft Projection | Expert 2024 NFL Mock Draft Projections

These Jer’Zhan Newton mock draft projection picks can be found on the 2024 NFL Mock Drafts from ESPN, CBS Sports, NFL Network, Draft Network and Sporting News.

CBS SportsDolphins125
NFL NetworkSeahawks122
Draft NetworkBengals118
Sporting NewsVikings123

2024 NFL Draft Order | First Round

Johnny Newton is expected to be drafted early in the draft, but which team will take him? Here is the 2024 NFL Draft order for the first round of action.

  1. Chicago Bears (via CAR)
  2. Washington Commanders
  3. New England Patriots
  4. Arizona Cardinals
  5. Los Angeles Chargers
  6. New York Giants
  7. Tennessee Titans
  8. Atlanta Falcons
  9. Chicago Bears
  10. New York Jets
  11. Minnesota Vikings
  12. Denver Broncos
  13. Las Vegas Raiders
  14. New Orleans Saints
  15. Indianapolis Colts
  16. Seattle Seahawks
  17. Jacksonville Jaguars
  18. Cincinnati Bengals
  19. Los Angeles Rams
  20. Pittsburgh Steelers
  21. Miami Dolphins
  22. Philadelphia Eagles
  23. Minnesota Vikings (via CLE)
  24. Dallas Cowboys
  25. Green Bay Packers
  26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  27. Arizona Cardinals (via HOU)
  28. Buffalo Bills
  29. Detroit Lions
  30. Baltimore Ravens
  31. San Francisco 49ers
  32. Kansas City Chiefs

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