2015 NFL DRAFT

Josh Norman, CB

School: Coastal Carolina  |  Conference: BSOU
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Greenwood, SC
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 197 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
225296-7
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Panthers' picks: Round 5/143 -- Josh Norman, CB, 6-0, 197, Coastal Carolina...Good size and a solid frame, with good athleticism but not exceptional downfield speed. Good ball skills, and has shown the ability to create turnovers. COULD SURPRISE: Cornerback Josh Norman: With 13 career interceptions (along with four forced fumbles and four blocked kicks), he has shown a knack for the ball. That's something the Panthers needed, because opponents threw with impunity at the guy opposite Chris Gamble last year. - The Sports Xchange

03/31/2012 - Josh Norman doesn't emulate any one player in the NFL. The cornerback gets greedy. Norman says he tries to take Darrelle Revis' "lockdown" ability, Bob Sanders' "ferociousness," Charles Woodson's "savviness" and mixes in a little Champ Bailey on top. "I'd take all those guys, roll them into one and that'd be someone like me," Norman said. This small-school prospect does not lack confidence. And it's this savvy play in Woodson that appeared in Norman's game most at Coastal Carolina, that gives him this swagger. Norman says he'd love to learn from the 35-year-old Woodson in Green Bay. Beyond the top prospects -- Dre Kirkpatrick, Morris Claiborne, Janoris Jenkins, etc. -- this year's draft is full of small-school gambles worth close examination. Norman, from the obscure Big South, fits the description. The 6-foot, 197-pound corner quickly warped himself into a mid-round prospect after the season with six interceptions during the practice week leading up to the East-West Shrine Game. After also participating in the Senior Bowl, the secret was out. At Coastal Carolina, Norman had 13 interceptions, four forced fumbles and four blocked kicks. That's his game, he says. Like Woodson, he's around the ball. "I'm a turnover machine," he said. "I create turnovers." He doesn't necessarily see it as a technical thing. Norman says his knack for turnovers is rooted in a simple love for the game. He has slept with a football in bed each night since he was a kid. If it's in bed with him, it might as well be in his hands on the football field. "It's like my wife," Norman said. "A friend of mine stayed over one time and was like ???You really have a football in there? ???I have never seen anything like that.' And I said, ???Trust me. You don't come before it.'" - Tyler Dunne, The Journal Sentinel

03/28/2012 - Josh Norman knew professional scouts would be paying attention to him on Tuesday. Norman was one of more than 20 players participating at the Palmetto State Pro Day hosted By Coastal Carolina on Tuesday morning. Norman, unlike most of the others in attendance, will likely be drafted. If so, he will become the third player drafted in Coastal Carolina history. "Each and every step you take, all eyes are be on you," Norman said. The process has been a tiring one so far for Josh. He jokes that he should have started a Delta rewards account along time ago based on the travel he's done in the last four months. "I've been up and down the east coast," Norman said. "It's absolutely crazy how much traveling you do and what it takes out of you." Three of the stops since the Coastal Carolina season ended have put him right in front of NFL scouts and executives. Norman participated in two national all-star games and was asked to measure up at the NFL Combine in February. "It is what it is," Norman said. "The teams have all the power. And where God wants me to be, I'll be there." - Jeff Zell, SCNow

01/23/2012 - TOP TEN PROSPECTS WHO HELPED THEMSELVES AT THE EAST-WEST SHRINE: CB Josh Norman, Coastal Carolina: Perhaps the most impressive prospect of all this entire week, Norman turned heads every day in practice with his quick feet, closing burst and natural ballskills. He looks natural in reverse with good hip action and body flexibility. Norman intimidated physically with imposing size for the position at 6-0, 203 pounds with 32 ??-inch arms, showing safety size with cornerback skills. He was considered a late-round prospect entering the week, but now looks like a borderline third/fourth round pick. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/21/2012 - EAST-WEST SHRINE TUESDAY: Coastal Carolina cornerback Josh Norman is one of 20 prospects from non-FBS schools at the East-West Shrine Game, and he isn't merely taking advantage of the opportunity to show NFL scouts he stacks up against players from major conferences. Norman might be having the strongest week of any player in attendance through the first two days of practice. Playing for the East squad, Norman has a tall, narrow frame with good length and muscle definition for the position; he definitely looks the part on the field. Through two practices, Norman shown off his quick feet and fluid hips, looking natural in reverse but also driving on plays in front of him with good timing and anticipation. He showed on several occasions his willingness to hit and get dirty, to go along with terrific ball skills when the ball was in his area. Norman is flexible but he gets a bit high out of his stance and overpursued on a few drills, allowing the running back to reach the sideline and turn upfield. Norman received plenty of attention from several NFL teams that wanted to talk to him after practice. He entered the week as a likely late-round pick, but Norman's arrow is definitely pointing up through the first two days. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/21/2012 - EAST-WEST SHRINE MONDAY: Several small-school defensive backs flashed their talent, showing they belong here. Coastal Carolina cornerback Josh Norman used his size (6-feet 1/2-inch, 203 pounds) and length (32' 1/2" arms) to consistently make plays on the ball with impressive ball skills and confidence. I'm anxious to watch him the rest of the week. Other defensive backs from smaller schools who had positive performances include Micah Pellerin (Hampton) and Justin Bethel (Presbyterian). - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/04/2012 - Coastal Carolina's Josh Norman tells WPDE Sports that he has received an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine. Norman will work out in front of NFL scouts, GM's and coaches from February 22nd through the 28th at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Norman becomes the second Chanticleer to receive an invite. Jerome Simpson was at the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine and still holds the record for the best broad jump with a mark of 11 feet, 4 inches. Simpson was a second round draft pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2008 NFL Draft. Norman has picked up multiple FCS All-American honors in his senior season. He finished his Coastal career with 12 career interceptions. Coastal has had two players drafted in its history. Tyler Thigpen was a 7th round draft pick by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2007 draft and Simpson went to Cincy in 2008 in round two. - Carolina Live

12/30/2011 - 2011 AFCA FCS ALL-AMERICA TEAM: DB Josh Norman, Sr., Coastal Carolina, has been selected to the 2011 AFCA Football Championship Subdivision Coaches' All-America Team announced by the American Football Coaches Association. The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best - the coaches themselves. This past season, Norman led the Chanticleers in tackles and led the Big South in both passes defended (1.27) and pass breakups (12). Nationally, his 12 PBU ranks sixth-best, while his 1.27 passes defended ranks 10th-best. The 12 PBU was additionally a CCU single-season record and Norman's 49 solo tackles this past season ranks fifth on the CCU seasonal chart. He was a two-time Big South Defensive Player of the Year, helping Coastal Carolina defeat VMI and Presbyterian in the process. - Coastal Carolina football

12/30/2011 - 2011 AP FCS ALL-AMERICAN FIRST TEAM: Defensive back - Josh Norman, senior, 6-2, 190, Coastal Carolina, has been selected First Team All-American for the 2011 college football season by The Associated Press. Norman is a three-time, first team All-Big South selection and was a 2009 third team All-American after shattering a Big South single-season record and ranking second in the NCAA with eight interceptions. This past season, Norman led the Chanticleers in tackles and led the Big South in both passes defended (1.27) and pass breakups (12). Nationally, his 12 PBU ranks sixth-best, while his 1.27 passes defended ranks 10th-best. The 12 PBU was additionally a CCU single-season record and Norman's 49 solo tackles this past season ranks fifth on the CCU seasonal chart. He was a two-time Big South Defensive Player of the Week, helping Coastal Carolina defeat VMI and Presbyterian in the process. - Coastal Carolina football

11/08/2011 - OCT 7 BIG SOUTH DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Coastal Carolina cornerback Josh Norman finished with five solo tackles, one interception, one forced fumble, one quarterback hurry and a blocked field goal in Coastal Carolina's 15-8 victory over Presbyterian College. On PC's first drive, Norman intercepted a pass deep in CCU territory for his 13th career pick. On the final drive of the third quarter and with Coastal down, 8-7, Norman blocked a 42-yard field goal attempt. And on the second-to-last play of the game with Presbyterian on the Chanticleer 14-yard line, Norman blitzed from his corner spot to force Blue Hose quarterback Ryan Singer to throw the ball away for an incompletion. Also nominated for Defensive Player of the Week: Alonzo Winfield (Gardner-Webb), Chris Mayo (Liberty). - Big South football

11/05/2011 - Jamie Childers' 35-yard touchdown pass to DeMario Bennett-just his second and last completion of the night-with less than five minutes left gave Coastal Carolina a 15-8 victory over Presbyterian Saturday night in Big South action. The Chanticleers (5-4, 2-3) held Presbyterian (2-7, 1-3) without a touchdown and ended a three-game losing streak. But it wasn't easy. After Aramis Hillary scored on a 2-yard run in the first quarter to give Coastal a 7-0 lead, Presbyterian played like anything but a team that had lost five of its previous six games. The Pale Hose got two field goals from Aaron Maves-one in the first quarter, another in the second-and a safety to lead 8-7 entering the fourth quarter. But Childers, just 2 for 14 passing, hit Bennett for the game-winner with 4:48 left. After Cody Craig's 2-point conversion run, Coastal held on. - AP Sports

10/11/2011 - OCT 10 BIG SOUTH DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Coastal Carolina cornerback Josh Norman posted seven total tackles -- all solo, to lead the Chanticleer defense against VMI. He also recorded an interception and broke-up an additional three passes. With the Keydets on the Coastal 34-yard line, Norman deflected a pass on first down, and on the same drive, broke up a pass in the end zone to force a turnover on downs. His third pass break-up forced a punt, and his interception late in the second quarter led to another Coastal Carolina touchdown before halftime. Also nominated for Defensive Player of the Week: Marty Patterson (Gardner-Webb), Chris Mayo (Liberty). - Big South football

08/15/2011 - 2011 BIG SOUTH PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM: DB - Josh Norman, Coastal Carolina, Sr. (Greenwood, S.C.), has been selected Preseason All-Big South Conference for the 2011 college football season as voted on by the League's head football coaches and media panel. Norman, a 2009 All-American, had additionally been recognized by The Sports Network as a 2011 preseason All-American. He is a two-time, first team All-Big South selection who was tabbed All-American in 2009. Norman ranked fifth on the team in tackles 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. He blocked a field goal in the Delaware State game, which was returned by a teammate 94 yards for a TD. Late in the year, he had a huge game in the Liberty win, getting 12 tackles and two key PBU (one on fourth-and-one in the endzone, both covering All-American Chris Summers). - Coastal Carolina football

 
 
Latest News
04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Panthers' picks: Round 5/143 -- Josh Norman, CB, 6-0, 197, Coastal Carolina...Good size and a solid frame, with good athleticism but not exceptional downfield speed. Good ball skills, and has shown the ability to create turnovers. COULD SURPRISE: Cornerback Josh Norman: With 13 career interceptions (along with four forced fumbles and four blocked kicks), he has shown a knack for the ball. That's something the Panthers needed, because opponents threw with impunity at the guy opposite Chris Gamble last year. - The Sports Xchange

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