- By D. Orlando Ledbetter The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Former Georgia State cornerback Chandon Sullivan, who played at Winder-Barrow High, is the first Panthers player to be invited to the Senior Bowl.
The four-year starter also will participate in the NFL scouting combine, that begins next month.
“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.”
He also plans to make Georgia State proud.
“It’s a blessing just to be here from Georgia State,” Sullivan said. “Building the program from ground zero. Having (Senior Bowl executive director) Phil Savage come down to Atlanta and actually see my talent and invite me here is a humbling experience. I’m ready to go out and show the world what I’m capable of.”
Sullivan said he interviewed with between 15 and 20 NFL teams over Sunday and Monday.
“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 faced some NFL-caliber talent in practice at Georgia State.
“We’ve got Albert Wilson with the Chiefs,” Sullivan said. “We had Robert Davis last year go to the Redskins. I’m familiar with NFL talent and guarding talent. I just have to come out here and compete.”
Sullivan felt he was under-recruited 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.”