All 90 is a Pittsburgh Steelers Now series profiling each of the 90 members of the Steelers 2021 offseason roster.
20 • Cameron Sutton, fifth-year cornerback
5-foot-11, 188 pounds
Acquired: Drafted by the Steelers with the No. 94 overall pick in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Last season: Sutton made a career-high six starts while playing in all 16 games for the second straight season.
Sutton filled an extremely versatile role for the Steelers. He was the team’s primary Dime defensive back, shared time with Mike Hilton as the Nickel back, spelled Minkah Fitzpatrick at free safety and moved to outside corner to fill in for Joe Haden and Steven Nelson.
He finished with 30 tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack, eight passes defended, one interception, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
Career: Sutton played in just five games as a rookie in 2017, but has seen that role grow consistently each year since then, teaming up with Hilton to help manage the team’s slot coverage before expanding his specialty into other areas.
College: A four-year starter at Tennessee, Sutton’s time in Knoxville was a walking list of accomplishments. He was a freshman All-American a three-time All-SEC pick and a two-time All-American.
He started all 45 games in his career at cornerback and was Tennessee’s starting punt returner in his final three seasons as well.
Camp outlook: Sutton is expected to make the move to outside corner full-time in 2021 to replace Nelson, who was released for salary cap reasons. But if the team’s options in the slot should falter, Sutton could easily move back there if necessary. Either way, he will be a crucial part of the team’s secondary in 2021 and beyond.
Future: Sutton’s new contract signed this offseason will automatically void after the 2022 season.
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