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Drafted By: Panthers
  • Round 5
  • Pick 8
  • Overall 143

Combine Results

Grade
75.0 ?
  • 4.66 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 14 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 33.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 124.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.09 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.23 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Bucky Brooks' take: Norman is a terrific pick for the Panthers. He is a natural corner with outstanding length and athleticism. His superb ball skills will certainly improve the Panthers' ability to create turnovers.

  • 6'0" Height
  • 32 3/4" Arm Length
  • 197LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands

Overview

Norman is a solid prospect from small-school Coastal Carolina. He has great size for the cornerback position and parlays this with an ability to move fluidly and match up with big, athletic wide receivers. He reminds some of a young Ike Taylor, a tall and athletic big corner from a smaller school. Norman does not quite possess the blazing speed that Taylor did when coming into the NFL, however. Look for Norman to be selected in the fourth round.

Analysis

Strengths

Norman can play man and zone equally well and was a physical presence on the outside. He understands when to take risks and when to play back, and he is physical when he makes his decision to come up. He supports the run well and is a reliable tackler.

Weaknesses

Norman has not faced top competition, and will need to contribute on special teams to stick, which he hasn't done much in college. He is taller and can struggle with some hip/transitional movements moving to his left, but it's not a major concern.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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