Cameron Sutton didn’t come into Senior Bowl week as one of the favorites at corner, but with the game starting today he is one of the guys people should watch. During his tenure at Tennessee, Sutton had 7 interceptions, 3 forced fumbles, 13 tackles for loss and 30 pass deflections in four years. Those are solid numbers, but his talents go past just the stat sheet.
Something that caught my eye during the three practices at the Senior Bowl was how quickly Sutton was adapting to the scheme and plays the Cleveland Browns were putting in place throughout the week. Not only was he able to learn his natural position at corner and all the assignments that went with it, but he was asked to learn free safety and strong safety as well. Even after having to learn four different assignments, he picked them up faster than most of his teammates. (Corner/Nickel/FS/SS)
On the field, Sutton was calling out coverages to his teammates and was a noticeable and audible leader for the South team. There wasn’t a lot of flash in his game this week, but he had a high level of consistency. He flys to the ball, showed quick feet and was able to cover a variety of receivers from the smaller Ryan Switzer out of North Carolina to Travin Dural out of LSU. He recorded multiple pass break-ups and didn’t get burned by the big play.
Here is what Tony Pauline, from Draft Analyst, had to say:”With injuries hurting the South's secondary depth, Sutton was asked to play safety on the final two days of practice. He showed nice versatility and adjusted smoothly to the multiple assignments, covering well while showing good closing speed and ball skills. He was effective in press and had an extremely consistent week, leaving Mobile as a definite winner.”
Usability is the best ability any player in the NFL can have. Walter Football currently predicts Sutton to run a 4.51 in the 40. Combine that with the quick feet and fluidity in his hips he showed this week, the young defensive back from Tennessee could see the field at multiple positions for different teams. This type of versatility will certainly help his draft stock moving forward. At the moment, he has a 2nd-4th round grade.
After the third day of practice, I got to catch up with Sutton for an interview. I’ve included it below. He did meet with the Saints this week, so he is a player the staff could have their eye on when the game kicks off at 1:30 PM today on NFL Network.