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Prospect Profiles: Josh Norman

JOSH NORMAN, CB, COASTAL CAROLINA

TRIANGLE NUMBERS: 6, 190, 4.6

SCOUTING REPORTS:

NFP:

He displays good vision when feeling routes, a solid initial burst when looking to close and exhibits “plus” hands when asked to come down with the catch. He showcases natural fluidity in the hips when trying to change directions, stays low and can be physical when driving on the football in order to make a play on the football.

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.

There are some character concerns to his game off the field; however, the talent is most certainly there.

Impression: Talent says he’s a top-60 pick, but there are some character concerns that could cause him to fall. Either way he has the talent to quickly match-up with NFL receiver at the next level.

Buffalo Bills Draft:

Strengths: 

Norman has tremendous instincts…he jumps routes with surprising efficiency…he has tons of athletic ability and is able to close quickly…his hips are loose which allow him to stay with WR’s out of their breaks…has nice ball skills and goes after each pass like they were thrown to him and not the WR…is physical in press coverage and shows great technique in his hand placement…really causes the WR to redirect his route and ruins any timing…had an excellent week of practice at the Shrine Game.

Weaknesses:

Not as polished with his footwork as you would like…can take a misstep in coverage and lose his balance which causes him to slow down and give up separation…can get caught being overly aggressive in his attempts to make plays…will bit on play-action and double moves and he must learn to stay more disciplined in coverage…a bit wild in his tackling technique, will need to shore up his fundamentals if he hopes to be as successful tackling in the pros as he was in college

FF Toolbox:

Josh Norman had a great East-West Shrine Bowl, which also gave him a spot in the Senior Bowl. Scouts and GMs obviously liked what they saw and wanted to see him do it again.

Norman has a great feel for the game and displays a great ability to make plays on the ball. In zone coverage, he reads and reacts quickly and decisively with a natural burst. His hips are loose and fluid in his drop and when he turns to run downfield.

In press coverage, he really shines. Shows a great physicality and mixes it up well to re-route the runner. At times, he can be overly aggressive (whether it is leaning forward in his press or taking an early jump on the ball), but DB coaches want to see a certain fearlessness to make the plays that are asked of them. He’s a solid tackler and breaks down well to finish the play.

For now, Norman has likely solidified himself as an early Day 3 selection, but has to continue his performances into the combine. There also some character concerns which he’ll need to address when coaches speak to him, but at this point (given his size, physicality and ball skills) he shouldn’t slip too far past the third round.

VIDEO:

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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Josh Norman is a big, athletic cornerback prospect. 6 feet. Smooth. Fluid hips. Physical. Can make plays on the ball. Instinctive. Small school guys, so he has to make the leap. A little raw. Aggressive, perhaps too much so. 3rd or 4th round. The Giants like taller corners, so Norman fits the bill. He’s athletic. Has all the talent. It’s a matter of coaching him up a bit. Despite the re-signing of Terrell Thomas, depth is still needed. We can’t know how Thomas will play after the ACL, and the Giants need to have 4 starting-able corners. Norman has a ton of talent and could be groomed to see significant playing time.

 

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