The Eagles currently have four wide receivers with starting experience but two are coming off of injuries, one is coming off a breakout (and possible fluke) season and another was signed midway through last season. It is no secret that the Eagles have looked into adding youth and talent at the position, but where they will take a wide receiver is still in question. Perhaps the Eagles think that they only need depth and not a starter as rumored. If that is the case, Alabama's Kevin Norwood could be an option. It was recently revealed that Norwood met with the Eagles for a pre-draft visit.
The Mississippi native committed to Alabama after being considered the No. 22 wide receiver prospect by Rivals.com in 2009. He redshirted in his first year but played in all 13 games in his first year of action. He caught three catches for 56 yards and a touchdown that season. As a sophomore, Norwood played in 11 games and caught 11 passes for 190 yards.
In his junior season, Norwood became a go-to receiver, appearing in 13 games (11 starts). He finished with 29 receptions for 461 yards and four touchdowns. As a senior, Norwood caught 38 passes for 568 yards for seven touchdowns in 12 games (seven starts). He was invited to the Reese's Senior Bowl and had four receptions for 53 yards.
Weight: 198 lbs
Arm Length: 32 1/8"
40: 4.48 seconds
Bench Press: 8 reps
Vertical Jump: 33.0 inches
Broad Jump: 121.0 inches
3 Cone: 6.68 seconds
Shuttle: 4.32 seconds
Norwood has solid speed and can get YAC with ease. He has big, soft hands and snatches the ball out of the air. He has the ability to make "wow" plays and will sell out for the ball. He shows great concentration and knows how to box out defenders to grab contested passes. He has terrific change of direction and can avoid tackles by dipping and dodging defenders. He is a dependable receiver that is a solid route runner.
Norwood is extremely slender and lacks strength. He is a passive blocker and tends to avoid contact in the run game. His slender body may cause teams to worry about his durability. He can be pushed off his route against press coverage. Lack of major production in college is a bit worrisome.
If the Eagles decide to go for depth over starting receivers, Norwood may be an intriguing option as a slot receiver. He has experience on a winning program and has the quality character that Chip Kelly will likely appreciate. The Eagles have plenty of options with this draft class, so Norwood may be a long shot. Norwood is likely to come off the board in the early rounds of Day 3.