Name: Patrick Surtain II
Weight: 208 lbs (pro day)
Overall Rank: No. 7 overall
Position Rank: CB1
Strengths: The son of a Pro Bowl cornerback, Surtain has all the athletic tools NFL teams want at the position. He checks the boxes for height, length, speed, short area quickness, and overall athleticism. He’s competitive and tough, having faced elite receivers both in practice and games over the last three years. An excellent press man cornerback, Surtain uses his length well to fight at the line of scrimmage and has the speed to run with top receivers to stay in phase. His footwork is smooth, clean and well-timed. He’s a veteran at the position despite being an early-entrant to the draft class. Surtain rarely lost in college despite seeing dangerous opponents often in the SEC and college football playoffs. He’s tough and feisty against the run, too. Calling a cornerback “can’t-miss” is difficult, but Surtain is pretty close to can’t-miss.
Weaknesses: Surtain can be very handsy in coverage and was often called on it by SEC officials. He’ll have to learn to play without using his hands so much to slow and re-direct wide receivers in the pros. He can be out-positioned for jump balls and must work on his technique there.
What I Love: If you designed a cornerback in a lab, they’d probably look like Surtain. Alabama coaches LOVE his work ethic, competitiveness and fire. Pair that with rare physical gifts and you have a very good player.
NFL Comparison: Stephon Gilmore
Position Specific Traits:
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Athletic Ability: +++
Man Coverage: +++
Run Support: +++
Zone Coverage: ++