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Eric Norwood (LB)
  • Height:
    6'1"
  • Weight:
    245 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    33 3/8 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 1/2 in.
  • College:
    South Carolina
  • Conference:
    SEC
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Selected by: Carolina Panthers
Round: 4
Pick (Overall): 26 (124)
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Pick Analysis: The Panthers pick up an underrated playmaker in Eric Norwood. Although he isn't an explosive athlete, he has outstanding instincts and shows good rush skills off the edge. With the Panthers lacking players capable of getting to the passer, Norwood could be a key contributor as a situational rusher.

Overview

Norwood is a short, well-built player that has been the Gamecocks' most productive defender over the past three seasons. He plays out of control at times, not leveraging the ball or maintaining his gap responsibility. He is a solid tackler, keeping good balance and wrapping effectively in the open field. Norwood isn’t a powerful hitter but does keep his pads over his feet which make him an efficient tackler. He is an instinctive player that reads quickly as both a run and pass defender. Norwood shows decent range in coverage but may be a liability in pure man schemes. He possesses strong hands to control blockers on contact and his low-center of gravity makes him tough to get off his feet. Norwood is a good football player that does have some limitations and discipline concerns (angles, leverage, etc.) but has enough tools to be a solid contributor at the next level.


Strengths

Norwood’s a player who’s at his best when the lights are on. He’s a tough, competitive player who was highly productive in college. Doesn’t have any durability questions. Is an efficient tackler who can really break down in space and wrap up. Solid athlete and effective blitzer who displays good hand use and has a great motor in pursuit.

Weaknesses

For a player who loves to rush the passer, Norwood lacks ideal height. He can take inconsistent angles and needs to improve defending the run on the edge. Plays undisciplined at times within the defensive scheme. Can be caught out of position. Can play in coverage but could struggle in man against backs at the next level.

Grade

7.3

 

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