Height: 6-1 Weight: 260 Age: 28
Born: 5/24/1988 Oakland , CA
College: South Carolina
Selected By: Carolina Panthers
Pick (Overall): 26 (124)
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.
Published: April 13, 2010 at 01:48 p.m.
A look at NFL draft prospect South Carolina outside linebacker Eric Norwood.