One name rising up draft boards rather quickly with a strong showing at the East-West Shrine Game last week is cornerback Josh Norman of Coastal Carolina. And Mocking the Draft has Norman rising up within the 2012 NFL Draft’s 40 best prospects, going to the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round.
Norman is a prospect from Coastal Carolina and could be the third CCU player taken in NFL history. Cecil Lammey of the Denver Post has him projected as a second round choice, so this definitely within range. Before the game, Wes Bunting liked him enough to call him a “Top-100 pick.” He writes:
If there was an MVP of the week in St. Petersburg, Norman was the guy. He’s long, physical and showcased an impressive burst when asked to drive on the football. He was making plays all week and not only has a “plus” skill set, but also exhibits a very natural feel deciphering routes developing in front of him. There are some off-the-field character concerns, but he’s a legit top-100 pick.
For the Chiefs, everything to do with the secondary depends on the Chiefs ability to sign Brandon Carr. If they lose their starting corner, then the possibility exists that the Chiefs could take one early in this draft and Norman would fit the bill. At the same time, the team has other holes they have to fill and keeping Carr should still be an off-season priority.