2015 NFL DRAFT

Kevin Norwood, WR

School: Alabama  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: D'Iberville, MS
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 198 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
93163

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.442.571.5908 3310'1"4.326.68
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Flexible body type with adequate height and hand size. Good speed for the position with sharp footwork and leverage in his routes. Quick-starter with short-area burst. Smooth body control and excellent mid-air adjustments to twist and look the ball into his hands. Very good concentration and a natural hands-catcher.

Nice awareness to locate and pluck, working back to the ball and aggressively attacking it. Never quits on his quarterback. Smart with an alert sideline sense. Knows where the sticks are. Good football character and known as a reliable option on and off the field. Positive attitude and carries himself like a professional. Already has his master's degree.

WEAKNESSES: Lanky build and average-at-best muscle tone. Needs to get stronger and dedicate himself to the weight room. Tends to play too high and struggles vs. press and physical defenders at the start and peak of routes. Lacks great start/stop explosion and not very creative as a ballcarrier.

Much improved blocker, but still has room to grow in this area. Needs to improve his ball security and be a better finisher. Older prospect and will be a 25-year old NFL rookie. Below average career production at a school with a talented quarterback and average receivers - only one career 100-yard receiving game and never led the Tide in receiving.

--Dane Brugler

Player Overview

A three-star WR recruit, Norwood chose Alabama over Mississippi and Southern Mississippi and redshirted in 2009.

He was a back-up as a freshman and sophomore, only seeing the field due to a few injuries. With Marquis Maze and Darius Hanks leaving for the NFL, Norwood became a starter as a junior in 2012 and posted consistent production his final two seasons in Tuscaloosa, leading the Tide with seven receiving scores in 2013. He needs to get stronger to better beat press coverage and hold up vs. physical defenders, but he is a mature route runner with excellent hand/eye coordination and reflexes at the catch point.

Norwood isn't a speed demon, but he accelerates well with natural body control. He isn't elite in any one area, but solid across the board. He was somewhat overlooked and underutilized at Alabama, but could end up having a better pro than college career.

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05/13/2014 - 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: Round 4/123 -- Kevin Norwood, WR, 6-2, 198, Alabama...Norwood didn't put up huge numbers in Alabama's balanced offense, but the Seahawks were intrigued by the way he always seemed to come up big in big games and think he can contribute quickly. Playing for the Crimson Tide meant that he caught just 81 passes in his career, and never more than 38 in a season. Norwood has the skill set and measurables of some of the players taken ahead of him. - The Sports Xchange
 

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