Former Tennessee cornerback Cam Sutton likely will be selected in the 2017 NFL Draft. When it happens, he’ll become the first Tennessee cornerback drafted in 10 years.
The Volunteers haven’t produced a drafted cornerback since Jonathan Wade was taken in the third round of the 2007 draft. Since then, the only other Tennessee defensive back selected in the draft was safety Eric Berry at No. 5 overall by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2010.
That’s a huge gap for a program that, at one time, was among the top drafted schools in college football. But that’s how much Tennessee has struggled in recruiting during its nearly decade-long rebuilding project.
In the 2016 NFL Draft, Tennessee didn’t have a single draft pick. All eligible players were players recruited under former coach Derek Dooley.
But that won’t be the case in 2017 with Sutton, as well as several other Vols, expected to be selected during draft weekend.
Sutton is believed to have improved his draft stock after an impressive showing in the Senior Bowl. The four-year starter showed his versatility by playing both the nickel and safety positions and his durability should also impress teams.
Prior to experiencing an ankle injury during his senior year, Sutton started in every single game at cornerback after enrolling at Tennessee in 2013. He also managed to make a full recovery and play in the final four games of his college career.
Sutton has been projected to go as high as the third or fourth round in the draft.
Aside from Sutton, defensive end Derek Barnett, quarterback Josh Dobbs, running back Alvin Kamara, wide receiver Josh Malone and linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin are all also expected to be drafted.
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