Steelers select CB Cam Sutton in the third round of the NFL Draft

We waited all night for the Steelers to get their cornerback. Well they finally got him and his name is Cameron Sutton from Tennessee.

Sutton has been linked to the Steelers in the pre-draft process with Mike Tomlin and Keith Butler attending his pro day. The Steelers also met with him at the NFL combine and at the Senior Bowl.

Sutton may not have the height and length that many were expecting in their next cornerback, but Sutton is a straight-up good football player. A four-year starter at Tennessee, Sutton has a ton of experience. His career stats include 37 passes defended, 7 interceptions, and only three touchdowns allowed.

Sutton isn’t a burner, only running a 4.52 40 yard dash. But he makes up for it with his strong 3-cone drill of 6.81 seconds. This drill displays the quickness and agility of Sutton.┬áHe is a versatile player and will be able to compete to start on either the outside or the slot from day one.

Sutton is not only versatile in being able to play different spots on the field, he also is versatile in his coverage ability. Sutton will enable the Steelers to play more man coverage, something they’ve been vocal about implementing.

Chris Adamski took to Twitter following the selection with insight on how defensive backs coach Carnell Lake feels about Sutton:

An underrated aspect of Sutton’s game as well is his ability as a punt returner. At Tennessee, he had a career average of 14.9/return and 3 touchdowns. He could be a potential replacement for Antonio Brown on special teams.

Adamski also tweeted about Sutton discussing the possibility of returning punts for the Steelers:

As mentioned with our other draft picks, culture is important in Pittsburgh. Sutton has a reputation of being a leader and hard-worker. He will mesh with the secondary perfectly and could a cornerstone player in this secondary for years to come.

Sutton also has the potential to shake up the depth chart. The Steelers currently have five cornerbacks on the roster with Artie Burns, Ross Cockrell, William Gay, Senquez Golson, and Coty Sensabaugh. The Steelers may be content keeping 6 cornerbacks on the roster, they’ve done it before, but it’s entirely possible that Sutton pushes somebody off the roster. The only locks I see are Burns and Cockrell. With Golson unable to stay healthy thus far and Gay getting older, it will be interesting to see how the depth chart plays out.

Overall I’m happy with the selection of Cam Sutton. The Steelers got a talented player who fits perfectly with their defense and has the potential to contribute from day one.

Welcome to Pittsburgh Cam!


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