CLEVELAND — "Cleveland." And just like that, Greg Newsome II announced where he'd be beginning his NFL career.
In a video posted to Northwestern's official Twitter account shortly after the Cleveland Browns selected Newsome with the No. 26 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft on Thursday night, the 2020 first-team All-Big Ten selection can be seen receiving a call from his new team. In the video, the 20-year-old Newsome can be seen speaking to Browns player personnel coordinator Megan Rock, who informs him that she'll be connecting him to members of Cleveland's ownership, front office and coaching staff.
"Cleveland," Newsome informs the crowded room from which he was watching the draft, which proceeded to erupt in cheers.
Speaking to reporters on a Zoom call following the draft, Newsome discussed how he received the news, as well as the COVID-19-related protocols that were followed at his party.
“I was at a Lifetime Fitness in out in Oak Brook [Illinois]," Newsome said. "I had to make sure everybody was either vaccinated or had two double negatives. I have no time to be getting COVID-19 right now. It was around 50 people. I had some of my coaches, I had some of my friends and obviously, I had my family members. It was a great time. Everybody was a bit nervous, but we are definitely glad that I am in Cleveland and not too far from home so that is amazing.”
While the Browns have already earned rave reviews for their selection of Newsome, they aren't done yet. Heading into Day 2 of the 2021 NFL Draft, Cleveland still has eight picks remaining, including one in the second round and two in the third round on Friday night.