Cam Sutton received’t be capable to hold his “Swiss Military Knife” position in 2021 like he had in 2019 and 2020. The defensive chess piece, the man who may and did line up everywhere in the area. Wherever the workforce wanted him, he performed, plugging any leak alongside the way in which. He’s now a beginning cornerback which limits a few of his versatility. However defensive backs coach Teryl Austin believes the Steelers have the following Sutton on the roster within the type of seventh spherical decide Tre Norwood.
Speaking with reporters on Wednesday, Austin praised Norwood’s versatility and what he may supply the Steelers’ protection.
“He’s an excellent sharp man.” Austin mentioned of Norwood. “Actually impressed with how briskly he picks issues up. Proper now, he’s enjoying somewhat nickel and somewhat security, somewhat bit in all places and he handles it rather well. I don’t suppose it’s too large for him. I believe the large take a look at for him is as soon as we placed on pads and the way bodily and quick the sport will transfer and the way properly he’ll maintain up. As a result of he’s not an excellent large man. But when he can maintain up and deal with the tackling facet of it, I believe this man’s bought a chance to be a extremely good participant.”
Actually, when Mike Tomlin introduced Norwood because the workforce’s last decide of the 2021 draft class, he flat-out referred to as him a “Swiss Military Knife.” And it appears like that’s how Pittsburgh is utilizing him. It’s not a lot totally different than what he did at Oklahoma, although on a a lot grander scale. Norwood performed boundary nook, slot, and security throughout his time in Norman, displaying plus ball expertise. He picked off 5 passes in 2020, together with a decide six of Florida’s Kyle Trask within the Sooners’ bowl sport.
Sutton had an analogous profession arc. He was a extra outlined nook at Tennessee however NFL scouts checked out him as a security/nook hybrid within the league. Throughout his time on the Senior Bowl, he shifted between slot nook and security, and impressed Kevin Colbert together with his intimate information of the complete Volunteers’ protection.
Austin sees what Sutton did as a path for Norwood.
“And I believe he can play a number of positions, similar to how Cam Sutton performs for us and the way beneficial Cam has turn into for us. Within the sense of, he began out enjoying somewhat little bit of nook, enjoying somewhat little bit of nickel, play somewhat little bit of security, and then you definately see how beneficial these guys are. And I believe that’s the place that’s the place Trey’s becoming into proper now.”
Norwood’s versatility provides him a leg up on the fellows he’s competing with. He can put on extra hats than James Pierre, Justin Layne, or the UDFAs like Shakur Brown, Mark Gilbert, and Donovan Stiner. However as Austin talked about, physicality and tackling are Norwood’s two greatest points. He averaged barely greater than two tackles per sport final season and is a thinly-built, drag-down tackler who doesn’t all the time put his face within the fan.
Poor tackling and run protection is a approach into Danny Smith and Keith Butler’s doghouse so he’ll want to wash up these points to make the workforce and probably mimic Sutton’s position.