Scouting Report: Eric Norwood

Written by Rob Engle on March 22, 2010




Eric Norwood


Position: LB School: South Carolina
Height: 6’0 7/8" Weight: 245 lbs
Class: Senior 40 time: 4.68

Overall Grade:

6.06

Draft Projection:

Late 2nd Round


Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 4
Speed 8 6
Quickness/Agility 10 7.5
Strength/Explosion 10 8
Athletic Ability 8 6.5
Durability 8 7
Character 6 4.5
Production/Experience 6 5.5
Toughness 8 5.5
Potential 10 8


Linebacker Specific Categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Run Stopping 8 4
Coverage 8 6
Pass Rushing 8 6.5
Tackling 8 5.5
Instincts 8 6.5
Hips/Lateral Movement 8 6



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

Norwood is a long time starter for the Gamecocks and made more than 35 consecutive starts to end his career. He was extremely productive and made a lot of big plays over his college career. He lined up at several different positions in every game; they included OLB, ILB, and right DE in South Carolina’s 4-3 base defense. He is a great speed pass rusher and he’s got a few effective moves. Very instinctive and always seems to be around the ball. Showed the ability to work through trash and fight off blockers, albeit sometimes with quickness rather than strength. Very quick, strong hands with a good punch. He’s got a great first step off the line of scrimmage. Could fit in a 3-4 of 3-4 scheme because he’s so versatile.


Weaknesses

Only average size for a linebacker and he won’t wow you with any measurables. He may not have a true fit, but that’s not always a bad thing. His motor isn’t as great as you’d like to see, he didn’t run through the end of every play. He needs to work on wrapping up and tackling the torso; he uses his shoulders and hands too much. He’s only average in coverage, but he’s got the athletic ability and instincts to fix that. Overruns some plays and may think too much about where the play is going rather than just flowing to the ball.


Analysis

Norwood is a very productive player with a lot of experience from a competitive conference (SEC). At the least, he should be an average starter but he could be a star in the league. His average size and lack of a true position at the next level may drop him down some boards, but he will make some team very happy.

Experience

Norwood is a three year starter at South Carolina.

Awards and Honors

2009: AP 1st team All-American. 1st team All-SEC.
2008: 1st team All-SEC.
2007: 1st team All-SEC.
2006: 1st team Freshman All-American.

Academics

Unknown major at South Carolina.

Injuries

No history of injuries.

Career Stats
Year Tack Solo Asst Sack FF Int TD
2009 81 54 27 7 0 2 1
2008 75 49 26 9 1 0 0
2007 68 44 26 6 0 0 0
2006 30 19 11 7 0 0 0






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Rob Engle

Rob Engle scouted privately starting in 2004. Rob participated in an internship with the Baltimore Ravens scouting department and is continuing his professional career by attending Miami University (Ohio) to obtain a degree in Strategic Communication. Rob is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America. See all posts by Rob Engle.