Andrew Norwell did not have to come to Carolina back in early May. The two time All-Big Ten Conference offensive lineman had options. Norwell also had interest from Houston, Green Bay, Baltimore, and Cincinnati. He chose Carolina as much as Carolina chose him.
"I feel like I can go down there and make a difference and earn a spot.” - Andrew Norwell
The 6'6 310 pound Ohio State product may have done just that.
I was impressed with Norwell throughout camp. One thing stood out to me right away, his strength. Although he only performed 22 reps in the bench press at the rookie combine, it was obvious to me this kid has football strength. Sometimes a bad bench press technique comes across as physical weakness, possibly helping to cause him to fall out of the draft. Football strength is entirely different than weight room strength.
During individual drills, he was able to man handle more than one of the stout Panthers defensive line members. I saw no issue with his strength, quite the contrary. The one area of improvement I did see was his footwork and hands. However, the same can be said for any rookie offensive lineman, even third rounder Trai Turner.
Norwell has experience at left guard and both left and right tackle. Couple that information with the fact that both of the Panthers current tackles went undrafted and you can start to see why I think this kid makes the Carolina Panthers practice squad this season.