A four-year starter at Tennessee, Sutton lined up in man and zone coverages as the left cornerback for the Vols, entering the NFL with 45 career starts under his belt in the SEC. He earned a starting role as a true freshman cornerback and led the team with nine passes defended, adding 39 tackles and two interceptions to earn All-SEC Freshman honors. Sutton started 13 games in 2014 and ranked among the SEC leaders with 16 passes defended as a sophomore, finishing with 37 tackles and three interceptions. He again started all 13 games as a junior in 2015 and recorded 28 tackles, seven passes defended and one interception. Sutton missed half of his senior year in 2016 due to injury, finishing with 23 tackles, five passes defended and one interception.
Although not a twitchy athlete with elite top-end speed, Sutton is very composed in his movements with enough play speed to stick to receivers without drawing penalty flags. There isn't much flash to his skill-set with only average measureables, but it is easy to appreciate his high football aptitude and natural feel in coverage to limit explosive play, leaving Tennessee with the school-record in passes defended (37).
STRENGTHS: Adequate size and length for the position to match up physically with wideouts. Composed athlete with smooth body control. Quiet feet to collect himself, gather and go. Quick to read plays in front of him, sinking with plant-and-drive burst to beat blocks. Follows the eyes of the quarterback to the catch point and competes with outstanding ballskills - reliable hands with seven career interceptions. Seasoned in coverage and brings a veteran presence to the field. Leverages the field well on outside runs to filter the ball back inside. Productive punt returner, averaging 14.6 yards per return and scoring three times (45/657/3). Senior captain with dependable character and already prepares like a pro.
WEAKNESSES: Average speed and struggles to recover once the receiver gains a step. Transition tends to stall, playing too much on his heels with high hips. Can be driven off the top of routes. Inconsistent with his back to the ball and needs to improve his timing. Doesn't take enough chances and very calculated. Needs to be more reliable as a run defender due to misjudged angles and missed tackles - averaged under three tackles per start. Late to shed and can be eliminated from the play by perimeter blockers. Lacks the body strength to box out or consistently win 50-50 passes. Much more productive as a freshman and sophomore than his junior and senior seasons. Missed six games as a senior after fracturing his right ankle (Sept. 2016).