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#1 Jeremy Igo

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 04:04 PM

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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.

 

 



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 04:09 PM

What spots can he play? Great size.



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 04:10 PM

But, I thought all of our backup OL suck?  If this kid has shown anything, shouldn't he be on the active roster and not the PS?



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 04:10 PM

What spots can he play? Great size.

 

He had only been lining up at left guard in camp, but has experience with both tackle positions as well in college.



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 04:12 PM

That kind of position flexibility would make him an asset, especially with Amini's injury history and the loss of Wharton to retirement.

 

He was one of the UDFA's I had high hopes for, hopefully he makes the roster and finds a home on the line. At the least, if he could turn into a Piggy Pt 2 I'd be happy. Every team needs a solid swingman given the brutal nature of the OL position.



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 04:18 PM

That kind of position flexibility would make him an asset, especially with Amini's injury history and the loss of Wharton to retirement.

 

He was one of the UDFA's I had high hopes for, hopefully he makes the roster and finds a home on the line. At the least, if he could turn into a Piggy Pt 2 I'd be happy. Every team needs a solid swingman given the brutal nature of the OL position.

 

He has a good football IQ pedigree. His brother is a college coach already.

 

I am really pulling for this kid. He played 21 snaps last week, mostly pass protection, and did well. And by well I mean you never heard his name called...



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 04:32 PM

We need all the depth we can get, so this is great news.



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 04:39 PM

The more depth, the merrier.



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 04:41 PM

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.

 

 

What spots can he play? Great size.



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 04:52 PM

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