Kendrick Norton

Miami
DT

Prospect Info

College
Miami
Hometown
Class
Jacksonville, FL
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
314 lbs
33 3/4”
Hands
10 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.55
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Carolina
Panthers
Round 7 ‧ Pick 24
40 Yard Dash
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Norton is the son of newly-hired Oakland defensive coordinator Ken Norton, and the grandson of the late former heavyweight champion, Ken Norton, Senior. Their athleticism and fight have passed down to Kendrick, an athletic widebody who earned honorable mention All-ACC honors in 2017. He played in all 13 games, starting 12 in his junior season, making 26 tackles, 6.5 for loss, and two sacks. Norton made a name for himself as a third-team all-conference selection the previous season, starting all 13 games, compiling 39 tackles, 10 for loss, and two sacks in the middle of the 'Canes defense. The four-star recruit and Under Armour All-American from Jacksonville played in 12 games as a true freshman in 2015, posting 19 tackles and a sack.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 4-5
NFL Comparison
Vincent Valentine
Overview
Norton is a run-plugging nose tackle with the potential to fit in either odd or even fronts. He has the size and strength to beat single blocks and hang in against double teams, but won't offer much help as a pocket-pusher against the pass. He doesn't offer special physical traits so it is unlikely he will get over-drafted, but he has a specific value and should continue to improve as a run defender with more coaching and improved technique.
Strengths
  • Good combination of mass and natural strength
  • Shows ability to plant his flag in the gap as a space eater
  • Possesses stout base and aggressive, loaded shoulder to attack down blocks and hold his ground
  • Hard to roll out of the way with double teams
  • Uses forceful, upward strike with initial punch
  • Creates a leverage point to lift centers out of their stance
  • Plays with effort and toughness
  • Uses quick slap to soften and access the gap on slants
Weaknesses
  • Carries sloppy weight around his midsection
  • May not be a target for "bod pod" teams
  • One-way player
  • Offers effort as pass rusher, but not much rush plan or talent
  • Ankles are tight and knees lack bend
  • Lacks initial lateral quickness and is forced to take the backdoor path
  • Inconsistent footwork creates occasional issues with balance
  • Limited radius to make plays
  • Impact production is average
  • Sluggish changing direction
Sources Tell Us

"He's good at what they ask him to do. You know he's not a sexy pick but he could end up playing early because he can eat up blocks." -- AFC area scout

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league