Josh Norman to Panthers: Video Highlights, Scouting Report and Analysis

Field YatesCorrespondent IIIApril 28, 2012

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A small-school prospect with a big game, Norman finished his senior season at Coastal Carolina with 62 tackles and a pair of interceptions.  Don't let the low turnovers-forced total fool you, however, as teams learned quickly to steer away from this ball hawk.

At 6'2" and almost 200 pounds, Norman is one of the biggest cornerbacks available in this draft, and his combination of size and athleticism has drawn the attention of scouts throughout the pre-draft process.

Like any other small-school prospect, the great unknown about his game is how he will handle the superior competition he'll face at the next level.

Combine Results: 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.23 seconds. 3-Cone Drill: 7.09 seconds. 40-Yard Dash: 4.56 seconds. Bench Press: 14.0 reps. Broad Jump: 124.0". Vertical Jump: 33.0"


What the Experts are Saying:

Norman can play man and zone equally well and was a physical presence on the outside of the defense at Coastal Carolina. 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. He works well to feel with his hands to stay on a receiver in-phase, and has the hip mobility to move with his man all over the field.  —

Demonstrates impressive body control when asked to adjust to the football in coverage and routinely is able to come down with the grab. Exhibits "plus" ball skills and has a knack for coming down with the pick. He's also very physical in pressman as well. Now, he does have a tendency to step into the press and will get caught with all his weight on his front foot, causing him to struggle to regain balance quickly. —Wes Bunting, National Football Post

Norman is developmental player who will need time to adjust to the size and speed of his opponents. Given his frame, he has the ability to be an effective zone corner and a quality special teams coverage player as a rookie.