North Carolina wide receiver Dazz Newsome has been drafted by the Chicago Bears in the sixth round of the NFL Draft. With this pick, Newsome becomes the fifth Tar Heel selected in this year’s draft, joining Javonte Williams, Michael Carter, Chazz Surratt, and Dyami Brown.
Newsome, a versatile threat his entire career, really gained attention on the national scene during an explosive junior campaign. With Mack Brown, Phil Longo, and Sam Howell guiding the offense, Newsome grabbed 72 receptions for 1,014 yards and 10 touchdowns. Those all ranked in the top-10 in the ACC that season. He also returned 17 punts for 168 yards, a 9.9 ypr average. Those numbers ranked as second best in the ACC.
His senior year was a bit more tepid, but still productive. He finished with 54 receptions, 684 yards, and 6 touchdowns. A slow start frustrated both him and the UNC offense as teams adjusted to Newsome’s role. That changed in the second half of the season as UNC’s offense found it’s groove. Over the last six games he put up 36 catches, 475 yards, and 5 touchdowns.
Aside from single season success, Newsome enters the NFL as one of UNC’s most all-around and productive receiver in Tar Heel history. He finishes #3 in receptions (188), #5 in yards (2,435) and #7 in touchdowns (18). He also had some of UNC’s most memorable catches over the past few season, including his game-winning touchdown against Miami in 2019.
Standing at 5-11 and 190 pounds, Newsome gave UNC options in the slot, on the outside, in the backfield, and as a punt returner and blossomed with a competent quarterback. Due to an all-around skillset, but lacking above average size and speed, he’ll like settle into more a pure slot receiver at the next level. If he continues his development at the same pace as the past few years, he’ll prove to be a solid third or fourth option for the Bears.
Congratulations to Dazz, and best of luck to the newest Tar Heel in the NFL!