When the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Cam Sutton with their third round pick in the 2017 NFL draft, it was a welcome surprise.
Aside from addressing their need for an improved pass rush in the first round by picking outside linebacker T.J. Watt, the Steelers also focused on increasing the options at wide receiver. Following those two problems, the Steelers opted for taking the 15th corner selected by choosing four-year Tennessee starter Cameron Sutton. This will give Pittsburgh more depth, create competition for the roster spot, and give the team the option to play more man coverage this season.
It’s not just about being drafted for Cam. He’s competitive and badly wants a place on the 53 man roster.
“You can’t just be satisfied with being here,” Sutton said convincingly.
With OTA’s in full swing Sutton has plenty to overcome. Following an interception against reserves during OTA’s Sutton told ESPN, “The mentality is the ball is in the air, you have to demand the ball,” stated Sutton.
For Sutton, playing corner on the outside is not just about training the body and mind but the eyes as well. The rookie is carefully working to improve his eye speed by bouncing a tennis ball of the wall at home from various angles, always trying to improve his speed and accuracy as well as his intuition.
“It all ties in: Being aware, that kind of correlates to what you do on the field,” Sutton declared. “It doesn’t just start on the field. You have to train [your eyes], always work on hand-eye coordination.”
The tentative depth chart will be released during training camp. Until then, Sutton needs to continue to work on and off the field as well as stay healthy if he wants a real shot at contributing to the team.