Norman, Josh (CB)

Card: Leaf Rookies 2012
Acquired: 2012, Box Breaker

Josh Norman went to lesser known Costal Carolina where he got a reputation as a gambler at cornerback.  Over his college career he snagged 13 picks, 4 forced fumbles, and 4 block kicks for the Chanticleers. After a solid Senior Bowl showing, he shot up draft charts and earned himself a combine invite with his quick feet, nose for the ball and closing burst. An intriguing and confident prospect with the right size (6’0″, 197) and good arm length, he ran a not so impressive 4.66 40. Still, Josh warranted being drafted, and the Panthers decided to take the local product with a 5th rounder, becoming only the 3rd player from CC to be drafted to the NFL.  The Panthers needed a solid cover man to start opposite Chris Gamble, and after a good camp, he was promoted to first team during the second game of the 2012 season.  A true fan with a love for the game, it is rumored that he’s slept with a football in his bed since he was a child. Josh finished his rookie season for the Panthers with 73 tackles, 7 passes defensed, and a pick for 2 yards.

Again, a slam bang job by the guys over at Leaf. They could have just settled for a crappy shot of Josh in his warmups, but instead they get him setting up at the line of scrimmage. The photo is of real high quality and overall I’m just really impressed by the quality that this company put out in such a sad sack season of design for cards.