Steelers Prospect Watch: Cameron Sutton


Here is our third installment of the Steelers Prospect Watch featuring Tennessee cornerback Cameron Sutton. 

Another week goes by, and another defensive back is featured in the Steelers Prospect Watch. Today’s subject is Tennessee’s Cameron Sutton.

Sutton is more likely to be on the board when the Steelers make their selection than Jalen Ramsey will be, but may be nearly as talented as the Florida State standout. Sutton intercepted six passes and broke up 26 pass breakups in his Tennessee career.

ESPN’s Todd McShay called Sutton the best press man cornerback in this year’s draft. While Sutton’s duties in 2015 mainly consisted of coverage, the Volunteer made 11 tackles for loss in his college career and forced two fumbles in 2015. The cornerback made 104 total tackles in a conference that demands physical cornerback play.

While not the biggest concern of the Steelers, Sutton is also extremely dangerous in the return game. Sutton returned two punts for touchdowns in 2015 and averaged 16 yards per return. He has three return touchdowns under his belt as a college player.

The intriguing factor of Sutton’s game is his play-making ability. Not only did he lock down his third of the field at Tennessee, he was also able to make plays. A playmaking specialist cannot be overstated in today’s NFL. As mentioned before, a consistent playmaker is something that Pittsburgh’s defense has desperately thirsted for.

While slightly undersized, Sutton is physical enough to make up for a small stature. There truly isn’t much to dislike about Sutton aside from his frame. He isn’t great against the run, but the Steelers aren’t in desperate need of a run-stuffing wizard.

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The fact of the matter is, and this has been said repeatedly, Pittsburgh needs a secondary player. Ideally you would like to see Pittsburgh attempt to develop Senquez Golson and allow Brandon Boykin to develop in the system, but the Steelers are in a win-now mode.

Brining in a player such as Sutton would hopefully solidify a Steelers secondary that has been dinked and dunked on all season. Players like John Brown, Kamar Aiken and others have eaten Pittsburgh alive with short routes. Aiken was a primary reason why the Steelers could end up missing the playoffs this season.

A press coverage cornerback would cure the ills of the Pittsburgh secondary. The seasoned Sutton has the experience to jump in and play immediately. He has the ability to do something that the great Mel Blount was famous for, which is pop opposing receivers in the mouth at the line of scrimmage.

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Pittsburgh’s secondary could use a physical, play-making cornerback. Sutton could be that player and will likely be available when the Steelers are drafting.