By: Hussam Patel
Tre Norwood missed all of 2019 with an injury, and only started five games in 2020. Although he didn’t start much, Norwood made the most of his opportunities. During the team’s final six games of 2020, Norwood had five interceptions.
Norwood was a big part of the reason the Sooner defense shut down its opponents late in the season, making his impact in the secondary and proving to be a play-maker. He can play either safety or cornerback, as he has the physicality to play safety but also has the coverage skills of a corner. This is a huge asset to any NFL team; switching between Corner and Safety in a single possession can certainly make an opposing team switch its offensive philosophy.
With his five picks, Norwood showed that he can read the Quarterback's eyes and come down with the ball in contested ball situations, or jump on a route. The Sooner defender is very fluid in coverage, embodied by his smooth hips and footwork.
Norwood may be overlooked by many during the draft process because of his slim 6’ build and inability to defend against edge runs. He has a bit to learn, but Norwood can be a diamond in the rough to whomever selects him.