Eric Sutton: 2022 Pro Prospect Interview
Name: Eric Sutton
School: Texas State/SMU
What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
My final year I wanted to get film at Nickel the whole year and I did just that. Put some good things on film in both man coverage and zone drops. Something that I will most likely have to do transition professionally.
Q: How do you think you took advantage of the extra year of eligibility to increase your chances of going pro?
I think I did a good thing by choosing to go play in a system where the 5th DB on the field is a true corner in a 4-2-5 scheme. While at SMU I was limited to only playing corner because of the 4-3 quarters scheme. This year i showed my versatility, now I can leave college saying I played every position at DB in a game situation.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
My coaches and teammates would say I’m a high energy, high intensity guy. Love to trash talk , I walk around like I’m the biggest even though I’m not. A great teammate.
Q: When you are studying film, what are the things you focus on to improve your game?
When watching film I look at how many steps it takes to get out of my break. Minimizing the steps leads to interceptions instead of PBUs.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
What’s separates me from other prospects is I love to go make a tackle on special teams , and I can go cover whoever in the slot . Having a corner that can cover in the slot and come up and make tackles is something that’s getting more and more important as the game transitions to more in space.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
This weekend I’ll be moving back to Florida where i started playing football and training with some old trainers and some other well respected guys. Getting myself prepared before the CFL combine which is March 25th.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
I’m a great teammate first and foremost that anybody can trust and depend on. Second they get a guy from a rough background that understands this how I can feed my family. I want to be known as one of the best nickel corners to play.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL and any other pro leagues?
Any team that picks me up is going to get a guy that’s going to bust his ass on special teams and also be reliable enough to plug in at any DB position and make plays. Lastly they’ll get a great guy in the locker room.