The 2018 Senior Bowl provides players from smaller colleges an opportunity to practice in front of and interview with scouts, coaches and member of National Football League clubs. One of those players is Georgia State’s Chandon Sullivan. He is the first Panthers player to be invited to the Senior Bowl. The four-year starter will also participate in the NFL scouting combine.
“I just have to show them that I’m a complete corner and that I can play coverage,” Sullivan said. “I can play zone coverage. I’m capable of doing whatever teams need me to do at the next level. That’s what I hope to accomplish.”
This week, Sullivan interviewed with almost 20 teams.
Chandon is familiar with guarding NFL talent one on one. He had to defend Albert Wilson of the Kansas City Chiefs and Robert Davis, who was drafted by the Washington Redskins last year.
“The common thing is that they are ready to see how I’m going to compete against some of the top group of five receivers,” Sullivan said. “I’m just excited to get out here and show what I’m capable of.”
Sullivan finished 2017 as a third-team All-Sun Belt selection, earning all-conference honors for the third straight year. He also was first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American® with a 3.84 GPA and was one of 13 national finalists for the National Football Foundation’s William V. Campbell Trophy® as the top football scholar-athlete in the nation in all divisions. Yet, he felt he was overlooked coming out of high school.
“Because I grew up in Winder, Georgia, it is a small town and it’s such in proximity to bigger schools like Buford and Gainesville where DeShaun Watson went,” Sullivan said. “These are all teams in my region. So, it was easy for college coaches or scouts to overlook me just because of my school.
“Georgia State was a good fit for me. It was only 45 minutes from my house and it worked out for me.”