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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: CB Patrick Surtain II

  • The Draft Network
  • December 19, 2020
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Patrick Surtain II is a highly touted cornerback for the Crimson Tide. A former 5-star recruit and coveted player, he’s been a three-year starter for Alabama. The son of former Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs corner Patrick Surtain, he has the DNA and football genes of a former successful NFL player. The junior cornerback's length, discipline, and mild-mannered playing style are the best attributes of his game. Surtain II's deep speed will be the biggest question that he will need to answer on the next level as there have been some occurrences of where he’s surrendered throws into the deeper portions of the field.

Ideal Role: Surtain II is best served as a boundary corner where he can defend the short side of the field. His size and length could disrupt the windows of quick throws to the perimeter, but also it condenses the space that he has to turn and cover.

Scheme Fit: Surtain II is best in a press-man coverage scheme that allows him to mostly play man coverage, but also a small mixture of zone concepts in certain situations. 


Written by Jordan Reid

Games watched: Missouri (2020), Ole Miss (2020), Texas A&M (2020), LSU (2020), Arkansas (2020), Tennessee (2020), Florida (2020)

Best Game Studied: LSU (2020), Arkansas (2020), Texas A&M (2020)

Worst Game Studied: Tennessee (2020), Florida (2020)

Man Coverage Skills: Surtain II is well-coached in man coverage as he has the patience at the line and never feels pressured to overextend to win. He remains cautious in his approach and allows receivers to reveal their routes prior to attempting to latch on. His length is his greatest asset as he uses it as a guide while attempting to stay attached to targets.  

Zone Coverage Skills: Surtain keeps his back turned to the sideline and eyes on the quarterback, but a common theme when in zone is him losing sight of the receiver in his zone toward his back. He’s allowed wideouts to attack his blind spots and he loses them because of not keeping leverage to the sideline, as well as keeping his body positioned in between targets. 

Ball Skills: One of the better parts of Surtain II's game is his determination and ability to play through the ball. He never stops competing at the catch point until he hears the echo of the whistle and it’s a constant reason why his pass breakup numbers have always been high. His competitiveness is exhibited at the catch point and even when catches are made initially, he continues to play through the hands of the receiver and ends up forcing an incompletion. 

Tackling: The effort over time has continued to improve and his physicality levels have further developed as his body matured over the course of his three-year career. Surtain II isn’t a corner that will go out of his way to get into the mix of contact, but if throws are made into his zone and he has to come up and tackle, he has minimal problems doing so. 

Versatility: Surtain II has spent time at nickel corner, but his best home is outside. Shifty targets have proven to give him some trouble when aligned inside, but when aligned outside, he’s able to use the out of bounds area as an extra defender when getting hands on wide receivers. In order to see his full potential, he’s best served as being a boundary corner. 

Competitive Toughness: Surtain II has a very laid back and somewhat nonchalant game overall. The approach gives off a very poised mentality of where he’s hardly ever phased or feels as if he’s threatened by wideouts challenging his technique(s).

Functional Athleticism: Surtain II has the physical dimensions necessary to dominate in the short-to-intermediate areas of the field. The biggest questions with him come in the deeper portions of the field. There are questions about his long speed as targets have been able to detach, get behind him, and score on explosive plays in that region (2020 Tennessee and Florida). 

Football IQ: Surtain II is a highly intelligent cover corner that has the technique and understanding necessary to be diverse in a multitude of schemes. With experience in both man and zone coverage, he’s shown to be capable of reading and reacting to creative route concepts, but also what it takes to diagnose and react with discipline within the scheme. Passing off routes in man and patterns that enter/exit his zones hardly ever prove to puzzle him. 

Run Defending: His willingness as a run defender has improved over time. Early on during his career, he was a bit cautious with mixing it up and getting involved as a run defender. Over the past two seasons, he’s become much more willing and consistent in his approach. There are lots of examples of where he’s quick to click-and-close and pull the trigger and runs headed in his direction.

Length: At 6-foot-2, Surtain II possesses exceptional length. With long limbs, he’s able to successfully use them in many areas of coverage. At the line, he’s able to create difficult releases and on route stems, he’s capable of re-routing wideouts off of their initial paths. At the catch point, his arms create difficult windows for throwers to work through.

Prospect Comparison: Nnamdi Asomugha, 2003, Oakland Raiders


TDN Consensus: 85.25/100

Joe Marino: 86.00/100

Kyle Crabbs: 85.50/100

Jordan Reid: 86.00/100

Drae Harris: 84.00/100

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