X WR – #2 Appalachian State
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: Mallard Creek (Cornelius, NC)
HS Rating: 3 star (0.8529)
Phil Steele: PS#178
Corey Sutton scouting report
Very good speed. I’m thinking he should run around a 4.48/4.52. Shows good body control. Works the sideline well, though doesn’t always show the ability to get both feet inbounds (only need one for college). For such an explosive athlete, it’s sad to see he’s not as effective as a run-after-catch weapon.
Should test very well for explosiveness. Good timing and break routes. Did not run a large route tree at Appalachian State. Works the sideline well for the most part. Does need to be more consistent with it overall. Missed on a couple of big opportunities last year.
Shows me good hands. Ball security is a bit of an issue. Will worry about working up field and not secure his catch as well as he needs to. Strong at the catch point. Goes up for footballs when needed to and has some hops. Flashes the ability to catch very well through contact. Struggles to catch consistently through contact. Always tries to draw the flag over making the catch. Offers some deep zone ability because of his combination of size and athleticism. Needs to catch through contact better. Has the contact balance and strength to be a factor shaking defenders off too.
What we want to see from Corey Sutton in Los Angeles
- We really want to see Corey Sutton show an improved ability to make contested catches and just focusing on the catch point in Los Angeles. His lack of consistency comes from his desire to make a play even when he isn’t comfortable getting the ball. However, rather than using his size and natural ability, he tries to draw the flag on the defender. We want to see him work through that in Los Angeles.
Pre-Collegiate Bowl projection
Corey Sutton is not going to be a starter in the league for the next couple of years at least. Even then, he could potentially be a situational player who is used only in certain opportunities to make plays. I think his talent is good, the upside is there, but the overall consistency and refinement that he has to learn is still far away.
Sutton feels like potentially a late round addition, but with the current class he’s more of a seventh-round/PFA prospect. While his size is attractive, the lack of consistency with him using his size is not.