Draft Scout Snapshot: DS Rating on 9/1/09: #7 OLB, #61/750 Overall, Projected Rd: 3
2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2008: 13 GP; 13 GS; 50 Sol-75 TT, 14.5 TFL, 9 SK, 1 PBU, 9 QBH, 2 FR, 1 FF; Earned first-team All-SEC accolades from the Associated Press and the league's coaches… made the conversion from defensive end to linebacker… second on the team with 75 tackles… led the team with 9.0 sacks, 14.5 tackles for loss and nine quarterback hurries… was second in the SEC in sacks was fourth in tackles for loss. 2007: 12 GP; 12 GS; PR: 1-16-16-0; 46 Sol-69 TT, 19.5 TFL, 6 SK, 3 PBU, 9 QBH, 3 FR, 1 BLK; Rabbed first team All-SEC by the league's coaches, second team All-SEC by the Associated Press … second on the squad with 69 tackles, including a school-record 19.5 tackles for loss… His 1.62 tackles for loss per game ranked third in the SEC, and tied for seventh in the nation… tied for first in the SEC with three fumble recoveries… also was credited with a team-high nine quarterback hurries… named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week, the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski and the Master Coaches National Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts against Kentucky… tied an NCAA record by returning two fumbles for touchdowns - scoring from two and from 53-yards out - registered five unassisted tackles including a tackle for loss, had two pass deflections and a quarterback hurry in the nationally-televised Thursday night win. 2006: 13 GP; 0 GS; 22 Sol-30 TT, 9 TFL, 7 SK, 1 PBU, 5 QBH; Named first team Freshman All-America and first team Freshman All-SEC honors by The Sporting News and second team Freshman All-America by Rivals.com… recorded 7.0 sacks, tying for the team lead with Casper Brinkley… also led the team with five quarterback hurries… was third on the team with 9.0 tackles for loss.
Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Panthers' picks: Round 4/124 -- Eric Norwood, LB, 6-1, 245, South Carolina: Could battle with Dan Connor for the starting spot at the Sam linebacker spot. An all-out player who goes after the ball. - by The Sports Xchange