MOBILE, Ala. — Cam Sutton called the collection of talent around him at the Senior Bowl “a great combination of everything,” and much could be said for what he displayed.
Sutton impressed onlookers with his versatility, lining up at cornerback, safety and nickleback throughout the practices leading up to Saturday’s 2:30 p.m. game (TV: NFL Network) at Ladd Stadium.
Sutton showed great explosive and raw speed all week, ranked among the top seven in the speed metrics generated by the Catapult system.
Sutton’s top speed was 20.2 mph, according to the report.
“He has good instincts and awareness and does a nice job of maintaining his leverage in coverage,” read one ESPN.com report.
Matt Miller, a Bleacher Report NFL draft analyst, went so far as to list Sutton as a possible second-round draft pick.
ProFootballFocus.com distributed some advanced metrics comparing the cornerbacks at the Senior Bowl, and Sutton’s numbers were somewhat revealing.
For starters, even though Sutton missed six games on account of a broken fibula suffered on Sept. 17 against Ohio, he still played 483 snaps this season.
Sutton was in press coverage on 36.3 percent of those defensive snaps, a high percentage bettered only by three of the 19 defensive backs invited to the Senior Bowl.
Sutton was targeted by quarterbacks 16.7 percent of the time, with opponents completing 58.3 percent of their pass attempts against him.
Both of those numbers represent the second highest in each category among the Senior Bowl cornerbacks, but much of that could be attributed to Sutton playing at less than 100 percent after the injury.
Sutton’s 18.5 missed tackle percentage was the third highest among the 18 Senior Bowl defensive backs that played more than half of the season.
To his credit, a healthy Sutton appeared to be making up for lost time throughout Senior Bowl week.
“Sutton showed incredible change of direction when staying on top of a slant-and-go against Western Kentucky wide receiver Taywan Taylor. One play does not a player make, but it showed off Sutton’s athleticism and backed up his strong on-field play that saw him grade out as one of the nation’s top corners in 2014.
“After a down 2015, he was on his way to a strong 2016 before injury slowed him down … perhaps most important for his value, Sutton has been lining up all over the field, taking some snaps in the slot and even at safety.
” In a deep cornerback class, Sutton could become an excellent value pick, especially if he shows well at multiple positions this week.”
Tennessee cornerback Cam Sutton discusses Senior Bowl week
Posted by Tennessee Volunteers Insiders on Tuesday, January 24, 2017