MOBILE, Ala. — Tennessee’s Cam Sutton has brought a can-do attitude to Senior Bowl week, and it’s already paying dividends.
Sutton impressed several with his versatility in Tuesday’s opening South team practice, earning praise from NFL draft analyst Todd McShay as well as being named among the “NFL Draft Risers” on an ESPN pay site article after the first day of work at Ladd Stadium.
The article states Sutton “showed good short-area quickness …. can really help his stock with a good week.”
Sutton is widely considered a second-day draft prospect, and NFL.com projects him being selected No. 99 overall by the Carolina Panthers in the third round.
Sutton’s flexibility and Senior Bowl performance could bump his stock up.
“I’ve been playing free safety, nickel and cornerback, so I’ve been doing it all, just being versatile and picking up on the system,” Sutton told SECcountry.com in an exclusive interview. “I’m not limiting myself to saying, ‘I”m just a cornerback.’ “
It’s part of the attitude Tennessee coach Butch Jones teaches, and Sutton is representative of that as a member of Jones’ first signing class.
Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson, who is coaching the Browns, took note and praised Sutton and the other players who are capable of handling the multiple positions.
Sutton, who missed six games after suffering a broken fibula against Ohio on Sept. 17, said it’s all about bringing the right mindset.
“There might be a time or a game plan where I have to play inside or outside, depending on the system,” Sutton said. “So it’s just embracing the role and being open-minded.
“Competing always makes you right, and good things happen when you are flying around.”
Sutton, from Jonesboro, Ga., holds the distinction of starting every game he played in at Tennessee, from his true freshman season onward.
Tennessee cornerback Cam Sutton discusses Senior Bowl week
Posted by Tennessee Volunteers Insiders on Tuesday, January 24, 2017