28 Oct Scouting Notes: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
Junior | 6’1″ 203 lbs | Plantation, CA
An athletic CB with the ideal height, weight, and size for the position who excels in press coverage
Patrick Surtain II is a true Junior who has started 27 consecutive games for the Alabama Crimson Tide. A five star recruit out of high school and son to former NFL pro-bowler Patrick Surtain. Surtain plays primarily right cornerback for the Crimson Tide, working well in Nick Saban’s advance defense schemes mixing cover 7 with other man match concepts. Surtain will come into his junior year with high, with many in the scouting community viewing him as a top ten selection.
-Good Athletic ability with speed and agility that translates to the next level
-Excels in press coverage able to execute a variety of press techniques with great fundamentals
-Able to understand a mixture of zone coverages with mental processing to limit mistakes and do his job
-Man to man skills are developed with the ability to stay in phase against multiple route combinations
-Good ball skills, does a great job of finding the football in the air and high pointing
-Great length for the position that helps in press coverage
-Ideal height that you want to see at the position
Areas to improve:
-Has issues being a consistent tackler will arm tackle instead of using a good technical form
-Can struggle late in coverage when in press, displaying marginal play strength allowing late separation in tight coverage
-Struggles in off coverage displaying stiffness in his hips when having to change directions
-Will struggle against quick wide receivers because he can be slow out of his breaks
Patrick Surtain II is the ideal NFL corner teams are looking for from a height, weight, and length perspective. He excels in press coverage with a great technique that translates to coverages you will see in the league. His ball skills are upper echelon using his length to knock down passes, and is never out of a play when he is beat deep. He high points the football and is great at attacking at the catch point. His tackling leaves much to be desired, and doesn’t display great hips to deal with quicker receivers when dealing with off coverage. However, Surtain is advanced mentally and fundamentally. He will be seen as the top corner in this draft by many scouts and projects to a high day one selection.
What to watch 2020:
For Surtain, he needs to keep his consistent and steady play to remain at the top of draft boards at the cornerback position. His sophomore season has put him on the map for scouts across the country. If Surtain II can clean up a few of his smaller issues like tackling, he can lock up a top ten draft grade from draft circles and NFL teams with his pedigree.
A native of Phoenix, Arizona where he played high school football, receiving All-Region at the Cornerback position.
Marcus played a year of Community College football before turning to music, and now has come back around to football.
He has been a contributor for Cowboys Wire, Pro Football Network, and has recently done work for Raiders Wire.
A Scouting Academy graduate, he had his hands in the 2018 Inside The Pylon Draft Guide, as well scouting offensive lineman.