Surtainley Surtain

Highly regarded as the top corner in the NFL draft, we are now starting to see mocks where Patrick Surtain II falls. Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network has him ranked as the #2 cornerback slightly behind Caleb Farley. The Draft Networks most recent mock has him going at #10 to the Dallas Cowboys. Could he fall to #12 for the Philadelphia Eagles? SURTAINLEY!

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NFL Draft Profile

  • Position: Cornerback
  • School: Alabama
  • Height: 6’2″
  • Weight: 202 pounds
  • 40 Time: 4.42 (Unofficial – Pro Day)
  • Bench: 18 Reps (225 lbs.)
  • Vertical: 39 Inches

Patrick Surtain II is the son of former NFL Pro-Bowler Patrick Surtain who also coached him. He also started from Day 1 at cornerback for Nick Saban as a true freshman. This combination tells me that he has the mental toughness to play cornerback at the NFL Level. Mental Toughness is one thing but what about the rest?

Positives and Negatives

Patrick Surtain II, as Greg Cosell says, was born to play press man coverage. Surtain has the perfect size and length that you want for the NFL cornerback position. At the line of scrimmage, he likes to get his hands on receivers and use his physicality. Using his very sound technique and discipline his coverage look effortless. He has great ball skills and is an aggressive tackler with no fear of contact. He projects to be an outside corner and most draft scouts seem to think his floor is a Pro-Bowler.

“It was really good. When you look at the testing stuff and start there, it’s outstanding numbers. You kind of put him up, side by side, with Jalen Ramsey — just from a testing standpoint — it’s eerily similar. I think they were a pound different. Very similar across the board in what they did there.

NFL Network Analyst – Daniel Jeremiah on Patrick Surtain II Pro Day

The main knock on him is top end speed and getting beat deep at the NFL level (See: 2020 Florida and Tennessee Games). He may struggle against smaller, shifty receivers as well. There were times he was unable to get his hands on the receiver. As as result, he became more of a read and react corner looking uncomfortable. Some scouts see him as a nickel corner too.

After his most recent 40 time, I question the speed less and trust the rest of his game more. Draft Patrick Surtain II at #12 and you won’t have to worry about one side of the field for a decade.

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Freddy Burns
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