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2021 Draft Profile: Alabama CB Patrick Surtain II

5 January 2021 CORNERBACK DRAFT Eagles News Philadelphia Eagles


Alabama proves every year that they produce the most highly touted prospects in the draft, with Surtain adding onto the tally. Surtain’s draft stock has been high since the beginning of the college football season. He has been seen as a top 15 pick since. After the season he’s had that projection still holds true. Surtain is in the argument for CB1 with follow draftees Jaycee Horn and Caleb Farley.

Draft Profile Below:

Background

  • DOB: N/A
  • Position: Cornerback
  • School: Alabama
  • Size: 6’2 203 lbs
  • Class: Junior
  • Career Stats: 113 tackles, 5.0 TFL’s, 4 INT’s, 23 PD’s, and 4 FF.
  • Son of former All-Pro Corner Patrick Surtain.

Accolades

  • 2018 SEC All Freshmen Team
  • 2018 All-American by The Athletic
  • 2019 Hornable Mention All America at Corner by PFF
  • 2020 First Team All America Honeree by Associated Press, CBS Sports, ESPN, FWAA, PFF, The Sporting News, and USA Today
  • 2020 Finalist for the Bednarik, Nagurski, and Thorpe Awards.
  • 2020 First Team All SEC
  • 2020 SEC Defensive Player of the Year

Games Watched- Duke (2019), Arkansas (2019), Texas A&M (2020), Tennessee (2020), LSU (2020), Ole Miss (2020)

  • Best games: Arkansas (2019)
  • Worst game: Tennessee (2020)

Strenghts- Surtain is a very patient CB. He the ultra read and react cornerback. Elite ability to suffocate right window passes. Tends to regularly force WR’s towards the bounds line. Has a safeties mentality when it comes to punching or ripping a ball out of the ball carriers hands. Ball skills are almost flawless. Hip mobility and speed are top notch.

Weaknesses- It almost feels like nit picking to try and find weaknesses in Surtain’s game. If there were any I’d point out it would be that you can see he’s not a boom tackle kind of player. He’s more of a grab and hold or drag down type of tackler. Which isn’t a problem but you’d like to see him become more of a physical tackler.

Overall- Surtain is without a doubt one of the most clean and safe prospects in the draft. High IQ football player who is as calm, cool, and collective as they come. His technique is probably the most polished in the class. The big question mark is how physical is he willing to get on the next level. There’s times where he won’t go out of his way to to get into a scrum of bodies to make a tackle. If a ball is throw in his area or zone, he is a willing tackler, but at the next level he has to show he’s willing to be physical at all phases of the game. I picture Surtain having a very long and successful career as long as he works on his physicality. Without a doubt in the CB1 argument.

Pro Comparison- Byron Jones

Pick Projection- Top 15

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