The Cincinnati native has been a dependable starter for the Buckeyes the last three years, and along with Jack Mewhort, provided stability to a Ohio State rushing attack that was one of the best in the nation the past two years. At 6'6 and 315 pounds, Norwell entered Ohio State's starting lineup at left tackle for the first five games before being moved to left guard for the remainder of his Buckeye career. Even with the position change, Norwell was still impressive enough to earn honorable mention All-Big Ten honors.
2012 saw Norwell not only start every game during Ohio State's undefeated season, but his 862 offensive downs played be the most among the Buckeyes on offense. While the Ohio State rushing attack gained 242 yards per game, Norwell was rewarded with first team All-Big Ten honors, but was also named Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year with Jack Mewhort.
In 2013 as Ohio State had one of the most prolific offenses in the country, Norwell lived up to the expectations that were put on him after being named to the preseason watch lists for the Outland Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award by being on the field for 904 snaps. In his senior season, Norwell again was recognized by the Big Ten, again be named first team All-Big Ten by the media.
Norwell's skills aren't flashy but he is consistent in his blocking and protection. Throughout his college career Norwell didn't really have to deal with much in terms of injuries, which allowed him to play such a high number of snaps the past two years.
While Norwell can be a very reliable member of an offensive line, his technique could use some work. Unlike a couple of the other Buckeye possible draft picks, Norwell needs to work on his hand placement and just how much power he has in those hands.
At 6'6" Norwell does have the size that many are looking for to use on an offensive line, but he will have issues against the faster rushers. The size of Norwell takes away from some of the agility that he could have, which does make him more susceptible to those faster rushers.
Norwell may have excellent size, but he needs to improve his strength. At the NFL Combine, Norwell was only able to do 22 reps during the 225-pound bench press. Compare that to Linsley who is three inches shorter and 20 pounds lighter, who was able to do 14 more reps.
Another plus for the team that gets Norwell will be his ability to play multiple positions on the line. Much like his linemates Jack Mewhort and Corey Linsley, the versatility that he possesses in terms of where he can play could make him more attractive to teams than some of the other linemen omthat are in the draft. While Norwell can be used as an emergency tackle, it isn't ideal since he doesn't have the agility to handle the speed of some edge rushers.
If Norwell is able to work to improve some of his areas of weakness there is no doubt that he can be a solid offensive lineman for the team that chooses him. He has great size for the line and the strength issues are something that he can work on. If you look at the production that Ohio State got from him the past three years and there is no reason to think that an NFL team can't do the same.