The finish line for the 2021 NFL Draft is almost near for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
With their first of two picks in the seventh round, the Steelers drafted Oklahoma defender Tre Norwood. After his selection, Steeler’s head coach introduced him as the “Swiss Army Knife”.
The 2020 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic MVP played all 11 games for the Sooners last year and made five starts collecting five interceptions, securing the lead for all Big 12 defensive players.
Norwood appeared in the 2021 Senior Bowl but had a less than impressive outing. The Steelers are now resorting to a defensive player who can either cornerback or play safety, which should improve his chances of making the squad.
NFL Draft Bible Scouting Report:
“His eye discipline and technique cost him the separation in man covering as opponents can walk on his feet and he misses his hands when shooting. He takes too long reading games at the net point and takes wrong steps against game actions that cause him to be due to Norwood his versatility and athleticism is a potential backup in a zone with strong secondary school. He needs to improve his tackle and physicality in order to participate in special teams and create a squad.
How it fits: Based on how Norwood can perform at camp, depending on the performance of James Pierre, in the worst case scenario he is a downhill section in the locker room. It doesn’t look like Norwood is seeing much time right away, but an impressive bearing and versatility on the defensive side of the ball can mean he sees a handful of snaps either at the corner or in safety.
Donnie Druin is Associate Editor at AllSteelers. Follow Donnie on Twitter @DonnieDruin and AllSteelers @si_steelers.