—Has great length and size for his position.
—Smooth backpedal and hip swivel when transitioning.
—Uses size and physicality when defeating blocks and setting the edge against the run.
—Plays with good awareness, eyes and communication in zone.
—High-points and attacks the ball in air with very good timing; doesn't panic downfield or with the ball in the air.
—Can get sluggish and struggle with pad level at times.
—Plays a soft press and can lose leverage to the inside.
—Long strider who can struggle with double moves downfield.
—Slower build-up speed; can lose a step to twitchier receivers.
—Struggles with quicker players at times.
20 tackles, 1 INT, 11 PBU
—Father, Patrick Surtain Sr., played 11 years in the NFL.
—Attended American Heritage HS in Plantation, Florida, where he played for his father.
—Special teams contributor in college.
Surtain is one of the top cornerbacks in this year's draft class. He's a developed player with excellent size and length for his position. He rarely got tested downfield, though he's able to be in position to compete for the ball. Able to play with a short memory, Surtain plays through a few different techniques from press and off coverage. He performs well in the run game. Able to efficiently get the ball-carrier on the ground when tackling. He's a good athlete who plays to his length and football intelligence on underneath routes.
Though he does possess good speed, his twitch and explosiveness to be able to run with the elite receivers would be a question. Given his consistency at the level of competition, Surtain should be able to come in and compete for a starting spot right away.
GRADE: 8.4/10 (Immediate NFL Starter, Late 1st Round)
OVERALL RANK: 16/300
POSITION RANK: CB1
PRO COMPARISON: Jimmy Smith
Written by B/R NFL Scout Cory Giddings