Top 100 Draft Prospects – No. 95 CB Josh Norman

The Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina University have been playing football for just nine seasons now. Over that time they have sent five players to the National Football League. The highest draft spot for one of the football roosters came in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft when the Cincinnati Bengals selected WR Jerome Simpson.

Coastal may have another second rounder ready to be drafted in April’s 2012 NFL Draft. CB Josh Norman ended the Chanticleers season considered a mid to late round draft choice. But his sensational performance at the East-West Shrine Game in January and then a solid effort in the NFL Scouting Combine in February has sent him shooting up draft boards as teams backtrack to take a second look at the South Carolina native.

“The 1-A guys get the first nod in everything,” Norman said recently. “They’re on the TV, and shows, and radio stations. Because we are a small school, I’d say we get overlooked a bit.” That leaves guys like Norman feeling like they have something to prove.

“I would say you have a little more of a chip on your shoulder, more than anything else,” Norman said. “Everything you do on that level is so much harder than up at that level. Every week, you have to almost have a perfect game.”

But if a player has it – and Norman possesses some top shelf cover skills – the NFL will find him. That’s why Norman is likely to be a second or third-round draft choice. This is his story.

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