NFL Draft 2017: 3 things to know about Pittsburgh Steelers third-round pick Cameron Sutton
PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Tennessee cornerback Cameron Sutton with the 94th overall pick in the third round of the NFL draft on Friday night.
Here are three things to know about Sutton:
1. Sutton fractured his ankle against Ohio in September last season. Before the injury, he’d started every game for Tennessee. He missed about half the year for the Volunteers last season, finishing with 23 tackles, two for a loss, an interception and four pass breakups. While sitting out with the injury, Sutton attended every practice and meeting. He chose to return to the field for Tennessee’s final four games.
2. He could’ve declared for the NFL draft after an All-American campaign as a junior, but he decided to return. “Over the last couple of weeks, I have had the opportunity to discuss different options for the upcoming year with my family,” Sutton posted on Twitter after the 2015 season. “During the process, I have decided that there are some team, academic and personal goals that I would like to achieve before I take the next step.” He finished his career as Tennessee’s all-time leader in passes defended (37).
3. The Knoxville News Sentinel reported that Sutton “impressed scouts with his versatility in the secondary and special teams ability.” NFL.com’s draft evaluation called him a “four-year starter with the fluidity to handle man coverage on the outside, but lacking desired physicality and run-support traits that zone teams covet.” The analysis also said that his punt return ability could get him on the field first.
Arm Length: 30″
Hands: 8 1/4″
40-yard dash: 4.52 seconds
225 bench: 11 reps
Vertical jump: 34″
3-cone drill: 6.81 seconds