The Seattle Seahawks made some important acquisitions in the 2014 NFL draft but only a few will get a good shot to make the roster. Of those few players, Alabama's Kevin Norwood is one prospect who I find especially interesting.
Norwood was one of the more pro-ready receivers in this draft class, and he will be more productive than his fall in the draft would indicate.
We must also keep in mind that this past class of receivers was one of the best groups we’ve seen in years, and Norwood would’ve undoubtedly been drafted higher in most other years.
He had a productive college career at Alabama, tallying 38 catches for 588 yards and seven touchdowns his senior year, more than any other receiver on the squad.
Overall, Norwood fits a great need for Seattle. They have a lot of talent toward the top of their depth chart at receiver but depth was needed and was consequently addressed when they drafted the former Alabama star.
Norwood has great speed (ran a 4.48 at the combine, per NFL.com), good size at 6’2” and 198 pounds—could likely even pack on more mass—and will fit into the receiver rotation nicely. Because he won’t have to start or contribute right away, Norwood will have time to not only learn the playbook but to adjust to the NFL as a whole.
His development will be key to how much he will be relied upon in 2014, but he will surely be a dependable receiver down the road for them. Norwood has the potential to become an integral part of their offense, and he will benefit from being behind veterans like Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice, two receivers whose health is often in question.
He was a very important piece of an Alabama passing game that, while not utilized as often as the run, was still very efficient in moving the ball downfield through explosive plays. A large portion of that production came from Norwood and his knack for getting down the field and attacking the ball at it’s highest point.
Everybody knows Alabama loves to run the ball, not unlike Seattle. They both have run-based offenses that feature a lot of play action and movement by the passer, so Norwood should have a smoother adjustment to the system than most others would have.
After spending his college career as one of Nick Saban’s players, he is conditioned for the NFL and will respond well to the criticism and critiques he will receive. Norwood’s a potential-filled receiver with a lot of upside.
If he can work out his kinks, then he should be a contributing factor sooner rather than later.