Nov 30, 2013; Auburn, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Kevin Norwood (83) runs agianst Auburn Tigers cornerback Chris Davis (11) during the fourth quarter at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Norwood Seahawks Rookie Profile: Mr. Clutch to Be 2014′s Doug Baldwin?

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KEVIN NORWOOD

Position: Wide Receiver

School: Alabama Crimson Tide

Measurables: 6’2″, 199 lbs

How Acquired: Selected in 4th round of NFL Draft

How can the Seahawks use him?

Kevin Norwood won’t be an immediate “impact player” for the Seahawks in 2014, but in my estimation he is all set to make an impact this season just the same. Why? Because he’s that type of receiver.

You don’t just become Mr. Clutch on a team that wins three National Championships in your time at Alabama and not come into the NFL and make some sort of impact in year 1. Whether by some sort of injury, or just working his way into the lineup eventually, I expect Norwood to make around 15-20 catches and 5-10 big-time receptions this season.

Until that time, Norwood will find a home on special teams and hopefully be able to make an impact for the Hawks there.

Best Attribute

Norwood’s absolute best attribute is his instinct, commonly referred to as “football I.Q. That encompasses quite a few minor attributes, including impressive ‘ball-in-air-timing’, the general and unteachable ability to focus and calm down in the intense moments and a will to win. Not the biggest, or strongest, or most athletic kid, but he’s got a will beyond the guys on the other side of the field.

He reminds me so much of Doug Baldwin in that way, even though he’s quite a bit bigger. If he could eventually produce like Baldwin does, he has a bright future ahead of him and the Seahawks will have a tough time taking him off the field. After all, that’s how he did it at Bama.

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  • HD

    Both Brock Huard (former NFL QB) and Dave Wyman (Former NFL LB) saw Norwood play while at Alabama and in the camps that just finished…both made the same statement…he already plays like he has been in the NFL…his routes, a lot of his reads…his ability to time his jumps and come down with contested balls…some in double coverage..how in tune with the QB he is to break off routes and find the open spot on the field when the QB is in trouble (Like Baldwin)…he might actual be one of the surprise contributors by the end of this season…he was a money-ball pick