2. Past experience with Pettine
In 2019 and 2020, Sullivan played under Packers Defensive Coordinator Mike Pettine, who this spring was hired by new Vikings Head Coach Kevin O’Connell as Minnesota’s assistant head coach.
Sullivan was playing for Pettine when he notched his first NFL pick-six, intercepting then-Lions QB Matthew Stafford in 2020.
Pettine’s familiarity with Sullivan certainly will be helpful as the cornerback joins a new team and defensive system.
Sullivan also teamed with new Vikings outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith for the past three seasons.
At the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine, Sullivan recorded a vertical leap of 40.5 inches, which ranked highest among cornerbacks who participated in the drill that year and third highest among defensive backs.
Listed at 5-foot-11, Sullivan also has shown off his vertical on the hardwood, as seen in this Instagram video from May 2014: