His name wasn’t called during the draft like 3 of his teammates, but shortly after it was reported that he would be signing with the nearby Detroit Lions.
Jordan Strack was the first,
I'm told Toledo Offensive Lineman & Whitmer HS grad Storm Norton will be signing as a free agent with the Detroit Lions.— Jordan Strack (@JordanStrack) April 29, 2017
Norton is a big guy, 6’8 and 311 pounds, and has pretty solid feet. Quite a few teams were interested in him, and quite frankly, I was shocked that his name wasn’t called during the draft.
With the 250th pick, the Lions drafted Pat O’Conner out of Eastern Michigan. I was stunned they didn’t get Norton with the pick. I guess they were confident with only a few picks remaining that he would be available. The Lions loaded up on MAC players this season, also grabbing Kenny Golladay out of Northern Illinois in the 3rd round and Michael Roberts in the 4th. The 6’5, 270 pound Roberts was the tight end alongside Norton on the Rockets.
Those two were key pieces in the Rockets having one of the most prolific offenses in all of college football last season.
The Lions didn’t draft any offensive lineman this weekend. Per another tweet by Strack, Storm Norton is liked by coach Jim Caldwell and GM Bob Quinn.
Jim Caldwell & Bob Quinn personally put Storm Norton through drills at Toledo's Pro Day. They liked him quite a bit.— Jordan Strack (@JordanStrack) April 29, 2017
I think this gives Norton an excellent chance to make the roster.
This has yet to be confirmed by the team.