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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

#205 - Brad Nortman; And His Competition

Brad Nortman, P, Wisconsin - they couldn't trade away this compensatory pick
(the Panthers traded away the other 6th along with next year's 3 for Frank Alexander), but grabbed the second punter drafted.  And since I'm behind on my profiles, Carolina has now signed the guy who just got cut for the first punter drafted.

First, the vet, signed 5/7, so that part is somewhat timely.  Harris, 33, is a veteran that the Jags had re-signed in the offseason, but then released once they drafted Brian Anger in the 3rd (!) round.  Harris is unspectacular (42.7 average, only 13 punts downed inside the 20), and rated in the bottom third of punters this past year in most categories.  He's a steady vet, but certainly not a weapon. 

Now, to Nortman.  Wisconsin is a pro-style program and that's helpful - fewer gimmicks, even on special teams.  Nortman's cold-weather performance is a plus, as punters in the further south areas can sometimes project more poorly in wind, cold.

Nortman's also a Wisconsin native (Brookfield), and was rated #4 in the nation by
Rivals, #8 by (who also rated him their #4 player in the state).  He was
all-state as a punter, all-conference as a linebacker.  So, he's not going to be
your kickoff gunner, but he's got experience playing other than just specialist at a
high level.  He measures in at 6'3, 211, adequate size for being the last line of
defense on a kick. He ran a 4.78 40, decent enough for a punter.  If you're just starved for information, his broad jump was 10'01, he benched 225 12 times, and his 20 yard shuttle was a 4.31.  

Nortman averaged 42 yards per punt in college, but Carolina likes his consistency more than his strong leg.   Last year's punter, Jason Baker, struggled greatly with control and execution. 

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