Kendrick Norton NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Carolina Panthers' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 26: Kendrick Norton #7 of the Miami Hurricanes sacks Daniel Jones #17 of the Duke Blue Devils during the 4th quarter of the game at Hard Rock Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
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POSITIVES

—A nose tackle prospect with a massive wingspan (81 ¼") and hands (10 ¾").

—Excellent field strength to stack up blockers and anchor against the run.

—Absorbs blocks and allows his teammates to flourish. Can play in a 3-4 or 4-3 with his size and athleticism.

—Aggressive at the point of attack and doesn't back down from mauling guards.

               

NEGATIVES

—Two-down player who doesn't bring tools as a pass-rusher.

—Back bender who lunges into blockers and plays with his eyes on the ground too often.

—Agility is poor and doesn't allow him to be a pursuit player.

—Gets hung up on double-teams and needs to use his hands better.

—Is more of a developmental player who needs to learn hand technique and improve his body.

             

OVERALL

Kendrick Norton had a standout year as Miami rebounded onto the national stage, but scouts see a limited player who needs to continue working on his game and his conditioning. He could be a late-round steal for a team needing a nose tackle on first and second down.

               

GRADE: 5.75 (Round 4-5)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: Jarran Reed, Seattle Seahawks

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