Patrick Surtain II
Alabama-CB, 6’2” 203 Pounds
- Zone Coverage Skills
- Good Ball Skills
- Outside Corner Only
- Man Coverage Skills
- Lacks Quick Twitch
Patrick Surtain II had big expectations heading to Alabama trying to follow in his dad’s footsteps. In case you are unaware Surtain II is the son of former Pro Bowl corner Patrick Surtain. He was able to do something at Alabama that is really hard to do, and that is having playing time as a freshman.
In 2018 as a freshman, Surtain recorded 28 tackles, one interception, and seven passes defended. As a sophomore, he was able to add to his statistics with 42 tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, and eight passes defended.
Surtain played well in 2020 as the team’s number one corner. He was able to help Alabama’s road to the National Championship where they were able to defeat Ohio State. In a shortened season he was able to accumulate 38 tackles, 11 passes defended, adv one pick-six.
As a corner, Surtain has very solid technique and instincts. He is a big corner who will use his size to match up with receivers. When Surtain is in tight coverage it can be dangerous to throw in his directions, he tends to get his hands on the ball and deflect it away.
While playing physical is the main portion of his game, he doesn’t shy away from tackling. On the tape, he has shown the ability to shed the block and stick the ball carrier.
Patrick Surtain II played 41 games at Alabama.
He allowed over 70 yards just once. pic.twitter.com/TRgSCin8MO
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) February 23, 2021
Areas of Improvement:
Surtain has only played on the outside at Alabama. With his lack of quick movement and man coverage, he will be out of his element inside on the slot. Being an outside corner only is not the worse thing, but it does limit his position flexibility.
Surtain is the top-rated corner on many draft boards. His play along with the bloodlines from his dad help him be a noticeable name by causal fans. We can see Surtain being drafted as high as four to the Atlanta Falcons, and with the teams that need corner help at the back end of the top-ten, I don’t see him going past Dallas at ten.
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