Patrick Surtain II NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Patrick Surtain II NFL Draft Profile, Highlights, and NFL Comparison

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By Mitchell Wolfe April 2, 2021 0 Comment
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Patrick Surtain II is a 2021 NFL Draft Prospect

Patrick Surtain II is a cornerback for the Alabama Crimson Tide and a prospect in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. Surtain started all 13 of Alabama’s games this season. He recorded 37 tackles (22 solos), 3.5 tackles for loss, nine passes defensed, and one interception (which he returned for a touchdown). Surtain II allowed a passer rating of 67.4 when he was targeted and did not commit any penalties. According to Pro Football Focus, he finished as the highest-graded cornerback in college football during the 2020 season (20% snap minimum), with a Defensive grade of 89.9 (88.6 Coverage, 85.9 Tackling, 83.4 Run Defense).

Surtain’s name should be very familiar to NFL fans, as his father Patrick Sr. played in the NFL for 11 seasons with the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs, earning three Pro Bowl selections. Surtain II played for his father at American Heritage High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He helped lead his team to consecutive state titles during his junior and senior seasons. Surtain II was a consensus five-star prospect, top-five in Florida and top-12 overall, and earned over 30 scholarship offers. At the end of the day, he couldn’t pass up playing for Alabama.

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Surtain II earned playing time for the Crimson Tide immediately as a true freshman in 2018. After three games, he earned the starting job at cornerback and would not give it up; Surtain II started the next 38 consecutive games. He earned freshman All-American honors after his first season in Tuscaloosa. Surtain II started every game for the next two seasons. He won the SEC Defensive Player of the Year award for the 2020 season, along with earning All-SEC First Team and consensus First-Team All-American status. Surtain II capped off his career by winning Defensive MVP of the 2021 Rose Bowl against Notre Dame and helping Alabama win another national title.

In the NFL, Patrick Surtain II projects as an immediate starter at cornerback that can succeed in a variety of schemes. Surtain II obviously has excellent NFL bloodlines and comes from the best program in college football, especially for defensive backs. He has some experience playing in the slot but will spend most of his time on the outside. Surtain II has the length and size to succeed as a press corner, the smarts and instincts for an Off-Zone corner, and the speed and athleticism for a Man corner. He should be a top-ten pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and should be a highly effective starting cornerback for a very long time.

Scouting Capsule

Patrick Surtain II NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Scouting Capsules compiled by The Brawl Network Draft Analysts Kyle Fahey, Daniel Kitchen, Tyler Lawrence, and Mitchell Wolfe.

Measurements and Pro Day

Patrick Surtain II was listed at 6’2″ and 203 pounds at Alabama. At Alabama’s Pro Day, Surtain II measured in at 6 feet and 2 inches (6020) and 208 pounds. His hands are 10″, his arms are 32 1/2″, and his wingspan is 78 1/2″. In the drills, Surtain II ran the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds with a 1.57 10-yard split. In the jumps, he lept 39 inches in the vertical and 131 inches in the broad (10’11”). Finally, in the bench press, Surtain II put up 18 reps of 225.



  • Ideal size and length for Press corner, in both Man and Zone schemes/defenses; built very well, very muscular.
  • Exceptionally smooth/fluid player; very rarely looks uncomfortable or out of position, excellent movement skills in space.
  • Technically refined at the line of scrimmage when in Press-Jam: coached extremely well and knows when and how to strike, rarely get grabby, and does not panic if the receiver gets by him.
  • Comfortable playing off the ball and reading the quarterback in Zone; understands his responsibility in the defense and breaks quickly downhill to attack the catch point.
  • Very effective in Man coverage as well: tracks the receiver well and rarely gets tricked or baited; fluid hips to smoothly turn and run; has the length and foot speed to keep up with the vast majority of receivers.
  • Solid ball skills with strength and frame to prevent being bullied at the catch point; tracks ball well in the air and times his hands/jump well to contest the catch and knock the ball away.
  • Very good in run defense and tackling, consistently taking good angles to the ball carrier and wrapping up to bring them down; limited in role as blitzer when moved outside full-time, but can be effective flying in off the edge.
  • Has experience playing both corner spots, in the slot, and even some snaps as a safety; could be used as a defensive Swiss army knife or asked to lock down one side of the field as an outside corner.
  • NFL Bloodline and NFL attitude: coached by NFL father in HS, coached by Bama and Saban; understands how to be a pro and does not get flustered or defeated.


  • Does not have elite long speed and could be outrun by the fastest players
  • Also lacks the explosiveness and quick-twitch athleticism of elite corners (a la Jalen Ramsey); still more than serviceable, but could prevent him from being a top-ten pick.
  • Sub-par ball production: only four career interceptions; targets decreased every year, despite increased snaps and fewer games in 2020, but some teams might want more ball production from their CB1.

NFL Comparison

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I cover and write about the NFL, the NFL Draft, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. I am originally from Hershey, PA and was raised a Pittsburgh sports fan. I went to Boston College for undergrad and am currently finishing a Master's degree in Sports Business at Temple University, concentrating in Sport Analytics.


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