Kevin Norwood On Day 3?April 19th, 2014
Everybody everywhere seems to be talking about the amazing depth among wide receivers available in the 2014 NFL Draft.
After the ousting of unorthodox mattress user Mike Williams in the aftermath of his brother stabbing him, the Bucs sure appear to be counting on this depth.
Sadly, the Bucs don’t have a fourth-round pick this year, not yet anyway. It was given to the Jets in order to complete the Darrelle Revis trade. But that doesn’t mean the Bucs can’t wheel and deal to get into the fourth round.
Former Jets scout and college quarterback Kevin Weidl is now a draft guru for BSPN, and he likes a few receiver talents that he thinks will be there on Day 3 of the draft. One that caught Joe’s eye is former Alabama WR Kevin Norwood.
Kevin Norwood, WR, Alabama
Norwood is one of my favorite prospects. He was relatively unheralded within the Alabama offense throughout his career, but he had a knack for coming up with clutch plays in big games.
Although clocking in with a 4.48 40-yard dash at the combine, the 6-foot-2, 198-pound receiver lacks elite explosiveness on tape and is more of a possession-type receiver. However, he is a quality route-runner who has a natural feel for the position and has strong overall field awareness.
One of the Norwood’s greatest strengths is his ball skills. He caught my eye throughout Senior Bowl week, where he appeared to have one of the more natural set of hands of the receiver crop in Mobile, Ala. That translated to his tape, where he displays above-average body control adjusting to throws outside of the strike zone. Norwood also has the toughness to work the middle of the field and shows the focus in traffic to consistently win in contested situations.
Norwood is still growing into his frame and must continue to develop his overall strength. However, he should be one of the wide receiver prospects teams could get great value for in the fourth-round range because of the unusual depth of this year’s receiver class. Norwood will be a strong fit for teams like the Broncos or Patriots, who rely on their receivers’ timing and reading coverages on the fly.
Norwood’s pegged as a slot receiver, but he seems to have the size, speed and skills to be versatile. Joe liked this stat from his junior year in 2012: 24 of his 29 receptions converted first downs. That’s impressive on any level. Last year, he led Alabama with seven touchdown catches.
No, Joe’s not overhyping Norwood, just giving an example of the type of quality that could be there late in the draft at receiver. Heck, as the Bucs’ receiving corps stands now, Norwood could compete for a starting job.