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2021 NFL Draft Patrick Surtain II Profile

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Welcome the 2021 NFL Draft Profile series. Whether you’re looking for my opinion on Patrick Surtain II NFL aspirations, or his IDP Fantasy Impact, you’re in the right place!

This is the first of many defensive deep dives I’ll be taking on NFL Draft Prospects this off-season!

This series spawns from the early 2021 NFL Mock Draft I contributed to! Don’t miss out on that great piece if you haven’t checked it out yet.

Patrick Surtain plays one of the most valuable positions on the defense, and one of the more crucial elements that play into a teams success on defense. Being a passing league it’s crucial to have a player that can handle elite wide receivers to some degree.

Is Surtain that guy? Let’s take a look.

2021 NFL Draft Patrick Surtain II Profile

Collegiate Career

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Overview

Patrick Surtain was a Five Star recruit out of a small school in Florida, where he was coached by his father, a former NFL Pro. He was recruited to Alabama and started all three years of his collegiate career at cornerback.

Surtain was named to several watch lists for collegiate awards in his final season and walked away with the 2020 SEC Player of the Year, as well as the Defensive MVP of the 2021 Rose Bowl.

He can also add the 2021 CFB Championship to his collegiate resume.

Stats

In 2018, Surtain managed 37 tackles (28 Solo), one interception, seven passes defended and a forced fumble over 15 games as a Freshman.

In his Sophomore year (2019), Surtain registered 42 tackles (32 Solo), two interceptions, eight passes defended, a fumble recovery and three forced fumbles over 12 games.

This season, his Junior year, Surtain racked up 37 tackles (22 Solo), three and half tackles for loss, one interception (returned for a TD), and nine passes defended in 13 games.

This is a truly impressive statistical resume as a corner. There are several boxes I like to check when I’m evaluating a prospect.

Do they carry other statistics besides just tackles? Check that box for Surtain. In fact, there’s not really a statistical category he doesn’t leave his mark in.

When it comes to tackles do they carry more solo tackles as opposed to assisted tackles? Check another box for Surtain.

Why is this important? Well simply put, I look at it two ways. One, he’s usually the first guy to the ball. And two, when he gets there he can tackle the ball carrier alone without always needing help.

The next boxes I like to check to check come from watching film.

Tale of The Tape

He’s very quick to anticipate in zone coverage and will drive on balls in front of him. He’s fluid in his movement and understands how to read route combinations to position himself for plays. He’s very willing and effective against the run, too. He fights through blocks and is a reliable tackler in space. – Daniel Jeremiah (NFL.com)

As a corner, my chief concern is how do they look in coverage? Do they seem athletic? Strong? Quick? Simply put I loved Surtain’s tape. He may not be a shutdown corner yet, but he definitely has that potential.

He’s pretty physical in coverage and he should be with his 6’2, 205 lbs frame. He’s a bulky dude and his athleticism is wildly underrated.

However, my favorite thing about his tape was how fierce he is as a player. He plays every ball like it’s his. And my God is he a great tackler. We imagined that based on statistical overview, but the tape confirms it.

Projections

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Draft Projection

I’m not sure where he’s going in a lot of mock drafts but I can almost promise it’s too low.

I’m really hoping the NFL does host the Combine because I’m looking forward to seeing how he tests.

I think putting his athleticism on display can only help his draft stock.

I originally mocked him to the Carolina Panthers with the eighth pick. However, I’d say there’s a better than good chance he goes earlier. Corners are a premium in this league and great ones are hard to find.

I could see him as early as number four to Atlanta, as well as five to Cincinnati and sixth overall to Philadelphia.

Detroit is a tough pick for me as I think they’re set with Jeffrey Okudah and Amani Oruwariye.

I definitely don’t see him escaping the Broncos at nine or Dallas at 10.

He’s a lock for the top 10 for me.

IDP Projection

I’m usually a no corners guy when it comes to Fantasy Football, but man, Surtain excites me.

His ability to make plays and specifically make tackles is very valuable.

Seeing that I don’t believe he’ll be a shutdown corner from day one, I think he’ll be Fantasy viable so long as he starts right away, which given the draft capital I’m projecting, seems very likely.

Career Projection

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While it’s far too early to predict him to make the Hall of Fame, I will say I think whatever team drafts Surtain will be drafting a blue-chip type player at the position.

Good corners are hard to find, but great corners are tough to find.

Keep in mind that Surtain is a legacy in the NFL, following in his father’s footsteps. That leads me to believe he’ll be a professional on and off the field as well as in the locker room.

Conclusion

All told, I rank Surtain pretty highly. He’s my CB1 and the only one close to him currently is Caleb Farley out of Virginia Tech. However, Surtain’s film, statistical output, and pedigree are just so good, I don’t see anyone surpassing him.


He has risen up my Big Board since diving into him more.


Stay tuned for NFL Mock Draft updates Super Bowl weekend, NFL Combine week and the days leading up to the 2021 NFL Draft!

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