Round 3, Pick 94: Cam Sutton – Cornerback, Tennessee
The 5’11” 188 lbs cornerback from Tennessee was viewed as a contender for the Jim Thorpe award (given annually to the best defensive back in college football) and potential first-round pick before being set back by a fractured ankle early in the Volunteers 2016 season.
The selection of Cam Sutton makes a lot of sense on paper. Sutton is a playmaking cornerback who excels in man coverage and the Steelers plan to play more man coverage in 2017, per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. In addition, he’s regarded as a high character guy and was named a team captain his senior year. Sutton will need to get stronger and more consistent in run support to challenge for playing time early on in his career.
Sutton has a more direct path to the field in his rookie season as a returner on special teams. The dynamic Volunteer averaged 14.3 yards per punt return in his college career, including three that were returned for touchdowns. Antonio Brown has been a superb punt returner, but the Steelers haven’t had a reliable playmaker at kick returner since the days of Stefan Logan. Sutton will compete with Knile Davis and others for the opportunity to change that.
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