Patrick Surtain II checks all the boxes and then some when it comes to what teams are looking for in a cornerback, which is why he will not last long in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. A physical specimen with athleticism to match, Surtain also has both an NFL pedigree and was groomed in the top college program in the country. The only question when it comes to Surtain is how soon will he hear his name called when the first round commences on April 29.
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Patrick Surtain II Draft Profile
The son of the 11-year NFL corner of the same name, Surtain is as physically impressive as it gets for a young cornerback. He has ideal length and speed to go with explosive athletic traits — fluidity, solid long speed and the kind of leaping ability that allows him to play even bigger than his already impressive size. He’s at his best in press coverage, where he shows the quick, powerful hands to stall receivers and reroute them at the line of scrimmage. He also has the fluid, strong hips and core to attach to a receiver and reroute him without having to reach and grab and open himself up for flags. He played a variety of coverages for Nick Saban, showing the requisite recognition skills to sit back in off-coverage and make plays on the ball. He didn’t pile up interceptions at the collegiate level, but a lot of that was because he wasn’t thrown at often; he made the picks he had a chance to make. In run support, he’s aggressive coming downhill and a sure, wrap-up tackler.
A lot of long corners lack elite short-area quickness, and that’s true to an extent with Surtain. His anticipation and recognition skills help make up for it, but he can be had on quick, in-breaking routes.
Surtain will fit as a future No. 1 corner in any scheme, though he’d be most likely to hit his All-Pro ceiling in a scheme heavy on Cover-3 looks. Between what he put on film, his athleticism, his NFL pedigree and his experience in a Saban-coached program, he’s likely to make an immediate impact as a rookie.
Final Grade: 1st round