Jerious Norwood   RB   Mississippi St


Jerious has excellent size and speed to be a RB at the next level.  Once he's through the line, it's pretty hard to catch him.  He has the ability to score from any place on the field -- once he gets his hands on the ball.  He looks to be a good kid and it looks like he's still learning the RB position, so he has excellent upside to his game.  Jerious has the speed that can help you right away in the return game on special teams. 


Needs to Improve

Right now, Jerious looks like a track star playing football.  He is not a tough runner, does not show any lateral quickness in the hole, vision or good balance and if you can get him to start dancing around in the backfield, he's easy to stop.  Jerious is also not good at picking up the blitz.  This kid has potential, but a coach is going to have to have the patience to work with him. 


Talent Board Round   4

Jerious is a straight-line runner with 1-cut ability.  He is always looking for the big run and doesn't understand situational football.  The first thing that you have to do with Jerious is to set him back behind the QB about three yards more than the average back sets up.  The reason for this is because he is so quick to the line, his blockers never get a chance to make their blocks.  That's why he is always bouncing the ball to the outside and dancing behind the line.  This was a problem for O.J. Simpson when he came into the league.  In fact, to be honest, he has a lot of the same talents as Simpson did when he came into the league.  The problem is that the RB position has changed so much that you need to have different talents now than you did in the past.  You have to catch the ball out of the backfield, be a good blitz blocker and read defenses as good as a QB.  Simpson never had to be able to do any of those things when he first came into the league.  Simpson was a track star who played football; he needed to get stronger and run tougher than he did in college and to his credit, he did just that.  Jerious does not catch the ball that well and does not read defenses or pick up the blitz; however, like Simpson, once he gets his hands on the ball, he can go all the way.  That is enough to be drafted in the second day of this draft because for special teams alone, he should be able to scare the crap out of the other team.
by Drew Boylhart


April 2006