Patrick Surtain II 2021 NFL Draft Profile
Patrick Surtain II enters the 2021 NFL Draft with the total package. NFL bloodlines, Alabama cornerback, and every trait you could ever want. The Crimson Tide corner is expected to come off the board early but what exactly does he bring to the table? Let’s check out the Patrick Surtain Jr. 2021 NFL Draft profile!
Surtain is just so talented. Checking in at 6-foot-2, 208, Surtain has ideal NFL size for the position. Surtain also has 32.5-inch arms and 10-inch hands. Surtain is a long physical corner with the measurables to thrive in the league. Not to mention that Surtain was also a top 10 overall and number one cornerback recruit in the country.
We can’t ignore those NFL bloodlines either, right? Surtain’s father (who goes by the same name) was a damn good corner in his own right. The long time Dolphins and Chiefs corner had 37 career interceptions. I’m going to bet on his son. Especially one who was a Pro Bowl corner and one that currently coaches.
I’ve seen some knocks on Surtain that are just flat out laughable. I’ve heard things that people say Surtain lacks athleticism which is crazy.
A: I don’t care.
Surtain ran a 4.46 – 40 time at the Alabama pro day which is PLENTY fast enough. Speed should have never been a concern.
- Height: 6-foot-2 (95th percentile)
- Weight: 208 pounds (94th)
- Arm: 32 1/2 inches (84th)
- Hand: 10 inches (96th)
- Vertical Jump: 39 inches (84th)
- Broad Jump: 131 inches (92nd)
- Bench: 18 reps (84th)
- 40-yard dash: 4.42 seconds(75th)
Surtain’s production is also there. He was named the SEC defensive player of the year in 2020. Even as a freshman, Surtain was constantly getting playing time which is no small feat at Alabama. Surtain has started 38 consecutive games for the Tide. Surtain has four career interceptions at Bama. Think about this. Surtain has NEVER allowed more than 60 yards in a game. NEVER. We’re talking about a lot of games under his belt too.
What also needs to be mentioned is Surtain tackles very well for corner. The size is one thing but Surtain is more than willing to get his nose dirty. He’s pretty good at punching the ball out too. He’s forced four fumbles in his career too.
Alabama associate defensive coordinator Charles Kelly compared Surtain to star NFL CB Jalen Ramsey. Kelly coached Ramsey at Florida State. I’m not the one saying it. Surtain is unbelievable.
It’s not a terrible comparison. The underrated part of Surtain is how under control he is. You never make Surtain look bad. If you beat Surtain, your ass is going to work for it. The Bama product is so fluid in his technique and often runs the route for you. Half the time, the battle is over before he begins. He’s such a smart football player and excels in press. He never gives you a chance to get open.
The most impressive part of Surtain might be the respect he gets from other teams. They don’t throw the ball in his direction. The only player who had relative success against him was Kyle Pitts who’s a mismatch nightmare for anyone. Surtain was thrown on a one on one island virtually every snap and teams didn’t throw the ball to his side. Turn on a Bama game. They don’t bother throwing the ball to his side.
I love Surtain’s feet. He’s always in the right position and has an athletic knee bend. I love the explosion too at the catch point. Your boy got some hops. He can high point it and deflect that nonsense out of here. For Surtain to perform the way that he did in one on one coverage with zero help speaks volumes.
I have not posted my cornerback rankings but I have Surtain as the number one corner in the class. Truthfully, I think he’s a top five player in this draft class with Hall of Fame potential at the position.
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