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Scouting WR Kevin Norwood

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THIS IS THE GUY FOR NEW ENGLAND!

You won’t hear too much about him leading up to the draft thanks to guys like Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans but you should get to know him.

He played ball at Alabama and they would describe him as Mr. Clutch, reliable, dependable, and catches everything.

He fits New England’s biggest needs when it pertains to wide receivers: a deep threat, good route runner, and a redzone threat.

The thing is I don’t think it would be wise for New England to draft a vertical threat only because they need a vertical threat wrapped up in a route runner because of their system. They don’t go deep much even with deep threats and it doesn’t fit the strength of Brady’s game. They are better suited with a route runner who can go deep when need be and that’s Kevin Norwood. They also need a wide receiver who can be a great redzone threat and that is Kevin Norwood.

His reputation of having great hands followed him to Mobile and were on display during the Senior Bowl practices.

In a drill against Auburn cornerback Chris Davis, going up and pinpointing the ball at its highest point over Davis to haul in a reception. Later while running combination routes, he beat LSU linebacker Lamin Barrow on a post corner route before beating Davis deep on a route.

Today he caught a ridiculous touchdown pass over a defender. He’s making his case for this year’s draft.

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He stands at 6’2 and 197 pounds.

There isn’t another WR in the draft that fits as perfectly for the New England offense than Kevin Norwood does.

New England needs more weapons that fact is painfully obvious but they need the right ones that fit into their offense. They need a big guy with great hands that can run routes and go deep, and be a redzone threat, and Kevin Norwood is all of that.

Norwood put himself on notice during practices this week and is drawing praise from the scouts.

“He’s got a chance to be a nice move-the-chains receiver,” one NFC scout said. “He runs good routes and he catches what’s thrown at him. He’s fundamentally solid.”

Norwood talked about what he does best, what he needs to work on, and what he will bring to a team.

“The best thing I’ve got are these hands. I’m going to use them to the best of my ability,” Norwood said. “To be honest, I think I left everything at ‘Bama. Maybe there’s a little something I need to work on like getting off press (coverage) and footwork. That’s pretty much my main goal is to get my footwork right. But besides that, I think I found my niche. That’s getting first downs on third downs. That’s getting touchdowns in the red area. Making big plays when we need them most. That’s pretty much me.

“I’m just basically trying to get comfortable. I’m thinking too much out there. Different terminology and route running and stuff like that. Everything’s the same as far as route running, it’s just different terminology.”

Epic Catch!

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Redzone Threat


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