|Josh Norman Scouting Report
|Josh Norman - Coastal Carolina (HT: 6-0¼ - WT: 197)
Positives -- Good size and frame at over 6'0" and is not afraid to get physical with receivers... A rare corner that prefers and excels in press-man coverage... Great hands with good ball hawking ability... Has bating ability, likes to play man coverage behind the receiver and jump the route after the throw... Shows
good football intelligence with understanding of route concepts... Good tackler, willing to stick his head in the box and bring down running backs... Started seven of 12 games as a true freshman, has a lot of experience... Was probably the hottest player coming out of the Shrine Game and into the rest of the offseason workouts... Was a late addition to the Senior Bowl roster as an injury replacement for Alfonzo Dennard; grabbed attention quickly in practice bringing in seven interceptions in just two days... Has the potential to be a steal if he's still on the board following day two.
Negatives -- Struggles in off and zone coverage, needs to have his hands close or on receivers to stay with them... Poor deep speed, can be caught staring in the backfield at times and get beaten over the top... Needs to bulk up and fill out the rest of his frame... Is riding the small school talent and potential steal hype right now, likely to cool off... There are some reports of potential character concerns which may be nothing more than an arrest for unpaid traffic tickets; NFL scouts and executives will dig deeper and get the answers in pre-draft interviews... Questions about whether the years of tape really match this offseason production... Scouts will question this surge in the offseason with the lack of production at a lower level of competition in college... If Norman is producing with the best athletes in the country now, why wasn't he producing this way for the past few years?
At Coastal Carolina -- (Official School Bio) 2010: Tabbed first team All-Big South... Norman ranked fifth on the team in tackles (56) and was third in the Big South in passes broken up with nine, marking the third straight year Norman has produced at least seven PBU in a season... Blocked a field goal in the Delaware State game, which was returned by a teammate 94 yards for a TD -- the longest scoring play in CCU history... Late in the year, had a huge game in the Liberty win, getting 12 tackles, one for a loss, and two key PBU (one on fourth-and-one in the endzone and both covering All-American Chris Summers)... Led the team with eight tackles versus Charleston Southern, adding a 34-yard punt return... Started the season with a big game at West Virginia, getting six tackles, including a TFL and forcing a fumble near the goal line to give CCU the ball... In the NCAA FCS playoff versus Western Illinois, had four stops with two PBU. 2009: Named third team All-American by the Associated Press and made the College Sporting News' "Fabulous Fifty" All-American team... Earned first team All-Big South... Shattered the league record and tied for second in the nation in interceptions with eight... Ranked third in interceptions per game nationally at 0.73 per game... Also led the league with 15 pass breakups and tied for eighth nationally at 1.36 per contest... Ranked sixth on the team with 35 tackles, leading the team with two blocked kicks... Tied for 18th in the league among defensive backs and 40th overall in the Big South in tackles... Earned Big South Defensive Player of the Week and National Defensive Player of the Week from two publications after tying a Big South record with three interceptions in a game, a win over Gardner-Webb... Also had a PBU versus the Runnin' Bulldogs... Had a season-high six tackles on three separate occasions (at Kent State, at Stony Brook, at Clemson), while also having a pair of interceptions to go with five tackles at Towson... Added two PBU versus Stony Brook, duplicating the feat versus Presbyterian... Blocked kicks versus Kent State and VMI.