- Position: CB
- School: Alabama
- Class: Junior
- Height: 6’2″
- Weight: 202 lbs.
Patrick Surtain II was a 5-star recruit coming out of American Heritage in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was coached by his dad, Patrick Surtain Sr., who had a great NFL career with the Miami Dolphins. He committed to the University of Alabama in 2018 and started as a true freshman. In his time with the Crimson Tide he had 111 tackles, 25 pass break-ups and 4 interceptions. His best season came in 2020 where he had 32 tackles, 10 pass break-ups and an interception. Surtain was also a unanimous All-American selection, First Team All-SEC, and SEC DPOY.
Surtain has great size at 6’2″ and is solid at 202 pounds. He possesses a long, lanky frame, he utilizes this in his MO, press man coverage.
Surtain has good build up speed, but lacks elite or even great long speed. His 40 time has been reportedly clocked around 4.57, of course we won’t get an official time until his pro day.
While he doesn’t possess blazing speed, Surtain is a great athlete. He moves smoothly, has fluid hips, and explodes off the ground when making a play in the air.
Man coverage: 5
He shows great patience while shadowing receivers in man coverage. Surtain uses his length to remain close to his target until he figures out their route and makes a play on the ball. He never has to overextend to win his matchup.
Zone Coverage: 3
Surtain doesn’t take his eyes off the QB, which is good, but tends to lose the receiver behind him. He lacks the short-area quickness to make up the ground he lost to the receiver. There is plenty of good reps on tape, but he definitely work needs, especially on his positioning.
Awareness/Football IQ: 5
Surtain displays great instincts and is a well coached, intelligent corner. He has no problem diagnosing route concepts and never seems to be confused on the field.
Ball Skills: 5
One look at Surtain’s break-up numbers and you would think they are inflated, but they’re not. He attacks the ball at the point of catch and plays until the whistle blows, constantly forcing incompletions.
Tackle/Run Defense: 4
His tackling has consistently improved with him putting on size. He doesn’t look for contact, but has no problem coming up and making the play if a completion is made in his zone.
No injury history, nothing to worry about.
There is a lot to love about Patrick Surtain II. He has NFL pedigree, great size/length, intelligence and excels at attacking the ball. I do think his lack of long speed and short area quickness will limit his ceiling in the long run. However, he still has the foundation to become a top corner in this league.
First Round, Top 15
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