The Pittsburgh Steelers continue to get acquainted with prospects as the 2017 NFL Draft quickly approaches, and after they reportedly met with two defenders at the East-West Shrine game, they were in full attendance at the Senior Bowl and had several meetings with prospects.
Although the list of prospect meetings is still short, it doesn’t reflect a lack of scouting, but a lack of knowledge of the situation and meetings. The team meets with a multitude of prospects at every stop leading up to the draft, and some meetings are more in-depth than others.
Nonetheless, the latest report is the Steelers met with cornerback Cameron Sutton from Tennessee. The Steelers certainly could be looking to add to their cornerback depth chart, and in particular a player who is comfortable with playing both zone and press-man concepts. Contrary to most cornerback prospects the Steelers show interest in, Sutton is better suited for man coverage than zone.
Take a look at his highlight video below:
Man-cover corner with feet to mirror and match off line of scrimmage. Responsive to route keys from wideouts. Decent instincts looking to jump hitches and wide receiver screens. Desired fluidity of movement with ability to open and run from backpedal. Confident in coverage and rarely penalized. Good acceleration to ball raking across catch point when he gets there. High school wideout with soft hands and smart angles to the ball. Finished career with 37 passes defensed including seven interceptions. Allowed just three touchdowns during career. Praised by coaches for competitive character and selfless, team-first attitude. Worked his tail off to return to field after fracturing ankle in mid-September. Punt-return talent; career average of 14.9 yards with three touchdowns.
Frame needs more muscle. Too passive in press coverage, failing to land solid hands that slow opponent or redirect their routes. Can be bodied around by big wideouts. Plays a little tall in his backpedal. Feet lack some twitch when asked to plant and explode forward from pedal. Has issues with back to the quarterback; late to turn and find the ball, allowing catches over his head. Could struggle to carry long speed down the field. Operates with short arms and small hands. Unreliable in run support with too many side-swipe, grab-and-drag attempts. Missed six games with fractured ankle early in senior season.
The Steelers will continue to meet with players as they work up to the NFL Scouting Combine, pro days and the draft, but if you take anything away from these meetings, it isn’t so much the player but the position which is important. So far, the Steelers are planning for another defense focused draft class.