The 2014 NFL Draft came and went without Andrew Norwell’s name being called. The Ohio State product had been one of the more successful linemen in the nation over four years with the Buckeyes, but doubts about his athleticism apparently rendered him unworthy of being selected.
Now, four years after the Carolina Panthers signed him as an undrafted free agent, Norwell is set to become the highest-paid guard in the NFL. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Norwell will sign a five-year, $66.5 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Former Panthers’ G Andrew Norwell intends to sign with the Jaguars on a 5-year deal for $66.5 million, including $30M fully guaranteed, source tells ESPN. He is going to become NFL’s highest paid guard – $13.3 million average.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2018
Norwell was a 4-star recruit, according to the 247Sports composite. He was the No. 10 tackle in the nation and the No. 2 player in the state of Ohio for the Class of 2010.
Playing mostly as a backup, Norwell was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team by Rivals.com in 2010. He took on a larger role as a sophomore, starting 13 games at both left tackle and left guard.
His growth continued the following season. Norwell was named first-team All-Big Ten after helping Ohio State lead the conference in averaging 37.1 points per game. He earned the same distinction as a senior as the Buckeyes put up more big offensive numbers.
Norwell signed with the Panthers in May 2014 and soon replicated the production that made him so dominant with Ohio State. He earned NFL All-Pro honors after the 2017 season.