Andrew Norwell
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Norwell with the Carolina Panthers in 2016
No. 68     
Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-10-25) October 25, 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth: Cincinnati, Ohio
Career information
College: Ohio State
Undrafted in 2014
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Carolina Panthers ( 2014 2017)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
* First-team All-Pro (2017)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Games Played     66
Games Started     65

Andrew Norwell (born October 25, 1991) is an American football guard for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2014. Norwell played college football at Ohio State.

High school career[edit | edit source]

Norwell attended Anderson High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and the 59th best player in the country.

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Andrew Norwell
OT
Cincinnati, OH Anderson High School 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 275 lb (125 kg) Feb 3, 2010 
Scout:75px   Rivals:75px   ESPN grade: 80
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 8 (overall), 2 (OT)   Rivals: 59 (overall), 9 (OG), 5 (OH)  ESPN: 13 (OT)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

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College career[edit | edit source]

Norwell played college football at Ohio State University from 2010 to 2013. He started 39 of 50 games. During his true freshman year, Norwell was the primary backup at right tackle in 2010 and played in 11 games. He named to a Big Ten all-freshman team by Rivals.com. During his sophomore year, Norwell started 13 games and started at both the left guard and left tackle positions. He was named honorable mention all-Big Ten. During his junior season, Norwell played more downs than any player on offense with 862. The Ohio State coaches named him co-offensive lineman of the year. He helped Ohio State average 242.2 yards per game rushing, ranking 10th nationally in 2012, lead the Big Ten in scoring at 37.1 points per game, and was named first team all-Big Ten. During his senior season, Norwell was named to the preseason watch lists for the Outland Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award. He helped lead the Buckeyes to rank fifth nationally in rushing in 2013 (308.6 yards per game) while setting school records for points scored (637), touchdowns (87), and touchdown passes (38). Ohio State also averaged an all-time program high 6.8 yards per carry and the offense was fourth nationally in the red zone percentage (60 of 63; 0.952). Norwell was named to the first team all-Big Ten Conference for the second consecutive season.[1] Norwell graduated in May 2014 with his degree in communications.

Professional career[edit | edit source]

2014 NFL Draft[edit | edit source]

Despite his decorated college career, Norwell was considered a borderline NFL prospect because of lingering questions about his athleticism. Greg Cosell made the comparison to the San Francisco 49ers Alex Boone, who was also an undrafted free agent coming out of Ohio State because of their competitiveness, strength, and size.[2]

Norwell went undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Pre-draft measureables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 5¾ in 315 lb33⅝ in9⅞ in 5.28 s 1.91 s 3.08 s 4.93 s 8.09 s 28 in 8 ft 9 in 22 reps

Carolina Panthers[edit | edit source]

Norwell signed a three-year, $1,530,000 deal with the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent on May 12, 2014.[3]

2014: Rookie season[edit | edit source]

With the Panthers offensive line struggling, Norwell was inserted into the starting lineup in Week 7. Following Week 10, Pro Football Focus rated Norwell as the ninth best guard in the NFL, ahead of two other high-profile rookie guards, Zack Martin and Joel Bitonio.[4] His insertion into the starting lineup at left guard helped stabilize the offensive line, and over his last six games at left guard, Pro Football Focus rated Norwell as the fourth-best left guard in the NFL.[5] His emergence into the starting lineup helped the Panthers rank seventh in the NFL in rushing, including a league-leading 975 yards over the last five games.[6] He also helped the Panthers to back-to-back division titles for the first time since the formation of the NFC South division. Norwell was also among the least penalized players at the position and through the entire season, did not allow a single sack and only one quarterback hit.[7][5]

2015 season[edit | edit source]

Norwell picked up where he left off from his strong rookie season. Through the first three games of the season, Norwell allowed only two quarterback pressures and one sack.[8] Through the first four weeks of the season, Norwell rated as PFF's eighth best guard in the NFL.[9]

On February 7, 2016, Norwell was part of the Panthers team that played in Super Bowl 50. In the game, the Panthers fell to the Denver Broncos by a score of 24–10.[10]

Norwell allowed just two sacks for the season and was PFF's fifth-highest-graded run-blocking guard in the NFL.[11]

2017 season[edit | edit source]

On March 7, 2017, the Panthers placed a second-round tender on Norwell, who was set to be a restricted free agent.[12] On April 17, 2017, Norwell officially signed his tender with the Panthers.[13] Norwell started all 16 games at left guard, on his to being named first-team All-Pro. He was also ranked as the third best guard in the league according to Pro Football Focus.[14]

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit | edit source]

On March 15, 2018, Norwell was signed a five-year, $66.5 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars with $30 million guaranteed, which at the time made him the highest paid guard in the league.[15][16] He started the first 11 games at left guard before suffering an ankle injury in Week 12. He was placed on injured reserve on November 26, 2018.[17]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "OhioStateBuckeyes.com Andrew Norwell Bio :: The Ohio State University Official Athletic Site The Ohio State University Official Athletic Site :: Football". http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/andrew_norwell_753549.html.
  2. http://wfnz.com/2015/01/02/greg-cosell-previews-the-panthers-cardinals-playoff-game/
  3. Strickland, Bryan (May 12, 2014). "Panthers agree to terms with nine college free agents". http://www.panthers.com/news/article-2/Panthers-agree-to-terms-with-nine-college-free-agents/bbfe4c7c-4f0d-4977-9458-4e0f6f34a6ab. Retrieved April 16, 2017.
  4. "News and Analysis for NFL and Fantasy Football - Pro Football Focus". https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2015/01/02/pff-preview-cardinals-panthers-wild-card-round/.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Undrafted Norwell quickly morphs into invaluable piece on Panthers' O-line - FOX Sports". May 29, 2015. http://www.foxsports.com/carolinas/story/undrafted-norwell-quickly-morphs-into-invaluable-piece-on-panthers-o-line-052915.
  6. "Carolina Panthers: Andrew Norwell". http://www.panthers.com/team/roster/andrew-norwell/e0b5473e-b25f-41ec-a258-96cea54b2161/.
  7. "News and Analysis for NFL and Fantasy Football - Pro Football Focus". https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2015/01/22/2014-pff-all-nfc-south-team/.
  8. "News and Analysis for NFL and Fantasy Football - Pro Football Focus". https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2015/09/28/no-car-grades-newton-shreds-saints/.
  9. "PFF Panthers Player Rankings & Overall Grades - through week 4". http://www.carolinahuddle.com/boards/topic/119328-pff-panthers-player-rankings-overall-grades-through-week-4/#comment-3510756.
  10. "Super Bowl 50 - Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers - February 7th, 2016". Pro-Football-Reference.com. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/201602070den.htm. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  11. "News and Analysis for NFL and Fantasy Football - Pro Football Focus". https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2016/05/09/pro-top-101-nfl-players-from-2015-nos-76-101/.
  12. Henson, Max (March 7, 2017). "Panthers tender Andrew Norwell". http://www.panthers.com/news/article-2/Panthers-tender-Andrew-Norwell/068ee6b2-0001-4352-9559-8862dcaf179a.
  13. Strickland, Bryan (April 17, 2017). "Andrew Norwell, two others sign tenders". http://www.panthers.com/news/article-2/Andrew-Norwell-two-others-sign-tenders/468ed981-c1be-4dc2-96f4-7b895589d04c.
  14. "Andrew Norwell bio". https://www.profootballfocus.com/nfl/players/andrew-norwell/9126.
  15. "Guard Andrew Norwell expected to sign with Jaguars". March 13, 2018. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000920814/article/guard-andrew-norwell-expected-to-sign-with-jaguars.
  16. Oehser, John (March 15, 2018). "OFFICIAL: Norwell signs". Jaguars.com. http://www.jaguars.com/news/article-JaguarsNews/OFFICIAL-Norwell-signs/1f45034e-837d-4792-9c00-f939bc1c07a4.
  17. Alper, Josh (November 26, 2018). "Jaguars will put Andrew Norwell on injured reserve". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports. https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/11/26/jaguars-will-put-andrew-norwell-on-injured-reserve/.

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