Appalachian State wide receiver Corey Sutton checks off a lot of boxes when it comes to being a prototype for his position, which is why he's an intriguing prospect heading into the 2022 NFL Draft.
In his last three seasons at the collegiate level, Sutton had 146 catches for 2,278 yards and 24 touchdowns. He was a legitimate nightmare to defend in the red zone, and understandably so.
At 6-foot-3, Sutton has the necessary size to be a big-time player at the pro level. All he needs is an opportunity.
We caught up with Corey Sutton to discuss his experience at the NFLPA Bowl, career at Appalachian State and much more.
The Spun: What was your experience like at the NFLPA Bowl?
Corey Sutton: It was a lot to unpack within that week. I got to meet with a lot of teams and tell them a lot about my story. Practices there are really important. I feel like I had some good practices and got some great coaching from Hall of Famers. It was just a great experience overall.
The Spun: Were you able to get a sense as to which teams are more interested in you?
CS: You can definitely get a feel for it. Some teams show they’re really interested in you. I felt like five teams really, really liked me. However, a team might draft you that didn’t even interview you yet. So I always keep that in the back of my head while going through this process.
The Spun: What are you hoping to show at your pro day?
CS: I want to show scouts my overall skillset, but I definitely want to prove that I got the size and agility to be a wide receiver at the next level. I had wrist surgery a couple of months ago. So if I can have a strong performance at the bench press, a good shuttle number and a fast 40-yard dash time, that would be great.
The Spun: Which wide receivers do you like to watch on film?
CS: I’ve been studying Davante Adams for his releases and patience. I like the way he uses his body angles. We’re around the same size and have similar builds. I also like to watch Calvin Ridley because of his leg drive and route-running. He’s a bit smaller than me, but he’s got great technique.
The Spun: You had a great run at Appalachian State. Do you have a favorite moment?
CS: I would say my favorite moment was the 2018 season. We were a young group, but we came together pretty quick. We had a great year that season. We exceeded expectations, in my opinion.
The Spun: What is one part of your game you’re hoping to improve before you go to the NFL?
CS: Right now, I’ve been rehabbing my wrist and shoulder. I’ve also been working on my combine drills. So the real focus right now is the 40-yard dash. Once my pro day is over, I’ll definitely get back to just focusing on football drills.
The Spun: What’s your go-to route right now?
CS: I’d say probably just a fade route. I feel like this past year there were a few more one-on-one opportunities we should’ve taken advantage of. I feel like it’s an easy catch for me, especially at the college level.
The Spun: You’ll be facing NFL talent at cornerback on a weekly basis. How excited are you about that challenge?
CS: It’s something I definitely look forward to because I love competing. I step up my game when I face better competition, so I’m excited. I’ve been going up against great competition my whole life. I can’t wait.
The Spun: What is an NFL team getting in Corey Sutton?
CS: On the field, you’re getting someone who is dedicated to the game. I’m not a distraction. You don’t have to worry about doing the wrong thing. This first year coming in I’m going to have a veteran mentality. Off the field, there aren’t any issues. I don’t party or anything like that. Whoever drafts me is going to get a hard-working, dedicated guy.
We'll find out where Corey Sutton's NFL journey will begin this spring.
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