The best cornerbacks can fly under the radar, but that is no longer the case for Tennessee’s Cam Sutton.
The junior has landed firmly in the first round of several NFL mock drafts. Trevor Sikemma of the AJC’s SECCountry.com has Sutton going to the Washington Redskins with the 14th overall selection. As for ESPN.com, Mel Kiper and Todd McShay have Sutton projected as the No. 19 and No. 26 pick, respectively.
Florida’s Vernon Hargreaves III seems to be a consensus choice to be the first cornerback selected in April’s NFL Draft. After that, there’s a handful of cornerbacks jockeying for position, including Sutton, Florida State’s Jalen Ramsey and LSU’s Tre’Davious White. All are juniors, meaning they’ll have to decide if they want to forgo their senior seasons to enter the NFL Draft in 2016.
As expected, Sutton wasn’t comfortable talking about the pending decision, even during a bye week.
“I’m just focused on, you know, one week at a time, one game at a time, one practice at a time,” Sutton said Wednesday, as per 247Sports.com reporter Wes Rucker. “Right now I’m focused on the bye week. We’re trying to get better as individuals and as a team, and we’re trying to take care of our bodies and get ready for Bama and the rest of the season…I can’t really worry about anything else. That’s all that matters right now.”
Tennessee plays Alabama on Oct. 24. Sutton has 18 tackles, two for a loss, two passes broken up and two forced fumbles this season.