Draft Scout Snapshot: 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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Though recruited by some bigger schools, Josh Norman followed his All-American older brother Marrio to Coastal Carolina, signing with the Chanticleer's as a non-scholarship walk-on. Proving himself to be an immediate standout, Norman started seven of the 12 games of his freshman season and all 34 the rest of the way, earning all-conference accolades after each of his final three seasons and a All-American honors as a sophomore and senior. Norman exploded onto the scene in 2009 by shattering the Big South league record and tying for second in the country with eight interceptions. Not surprisingly teams were much more hesitant to throw the ball in his direction over the next two years. He left CCU with 196 tackles (including seven tackes for loss), 35 passes broken up and 13 interceptions over his career. Strong efforts at the East-West Shrine Game and Senior Bowl eased any concerns scouts may have had about Norman's ability to play with the big boys. With his length, athleticism and natural ball skills, Norman will be highly valued by press cover teams and could earn a top 75 pick -- or higher -- if he times well at the Combine.
Strengths: Long-armed press corner with size, athleticism and ball skills. Gets an effective jab on the receiver and has loose enough hips to turn and run. Good agility and balance when shadowing his target. Competitive player. Plays the ball as if it was thrown for him, showing burst back to the ball as well as good timing for the jump ball. Good hand-eye coordination. Rips the ball out of the hands of receivers as they grasp at it (35 career PBUs) and shows good hands to make the interception (13 career INTs). Possesses long arms (32.5) and can extend and snatch the ball as well as track the ball over his shoulder. Cagey. Will bait quarterbacks to throw in his direction and shows a surprising burst downhill. Alert run defender willing to take on and discard receiver blockers to get to the action. Enjoyed a strong week of practice at the East-West Shrine Game and and a late call-up to the Senior as an injury replacement, impressive in both environments... Big play artist on special teams, registering a school-record four blocked kicks...
Weaknesses: At his best in press-man coverage as he has a high backpedal and loses a step turning without a cushion. Plays with adequate speed but there are concerns about his ability to handle the truly explosive speedsters of the NFL. Makes himself vulnerable to big plays on occassion by attempting to bait the quarterback. Was arrested in October 2009 for driving with a suspended license.
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 Year, helping Coastal Carolina defeat VMI and Presbyterian in the process. Norman ranks fifth (tied) on the NCAA career passes defended list with 48 and sixth (tied) on its career PBU list with 35. He is tied with Quinton Teal for the Big South and CCU all-time records for passes defended while his 35 career PBU is both a CCU and Big South record. Norman's 13 career interceptions ranks second on the CCU and Big South all-time lists, while his 196 career tackles ranks ninth in school history. Norman blocked a CCU-record four kicks, forced four fumbles to rank third on the CCU career list and his 138 solo tackles is fourth-best in school history.
First team All-Big South selection. 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). Norman then led the team with eight tackles in the season finale. He 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.
Charged with driving with a suspended license in October, reportedly due to another family member not paying a parking ticket assigned to his car. 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.
Played in all 12 games as a true freshman, getting the start in seven of them ... Had 26 solo and 35 total tackles, tying for ninth most tackles on the team ... Ranked fifth in the Big South with nine passes defended, including a pair of interceptions ... Had four tackles, all solos in his first collegiate game at Penn State ... Earned Big South Freshman of the Week honors after he recorded a season-high seven tackles (six solo) along with one interception and one pass breakup in the win at Presbyterian ... Also had seven tackles against Charleston Southern ... Had his first collegiate interception in the win at North Carolina A&T ... Recorded six tackles, including three solos, against Liberty... Had at least one tackle in 11 of the 12 games.
Named All-State as well as being selected to play in the North-South All-Star Game on the defensive side of the ball ... Was also named to the All-Lakeland Region 4A Offense ... Also was a member of the basketball, baseball and track teams throughout high school.
Son of Roy and Sandra Norman.
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12/17/12 - CB Josh Norman, who started the first twelve games of the season, didn't play a defensive snap. He was in on 11 special teams plays and made one tackle.
12/13/12 - CB Josh Norman, who started the first 12 games of the season, is working on scout team this week. He was replaced for most of Sunday's game by James Dockery, and it looks like Norman's very much in coach Ron Rivera's doghouse.
11/30/12 - CB Josh Norman leads all rookie defensive backs with 68 tackles.
10/28/12 - CB Josh Norman snagged his first career interception. The rookie had 13 picks in college at Coastal Carolina.
09/27/12 - CB Josh Norman had a rough night in a Week 3 loss to the Giants, but the Panthers have no plans to take him out of the fire. After facing the powerful offenses of the Saints and Giants, the fifth-round pick from Coastal Carolina will get another start, this time against the red-hot Falcons and their star WRs Roddy White and Julio Jones.