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Broncos Draft Patrick Surtain II at No. 9 | Team Fit and What to Expect

With the ninth overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Broncos draft Patrick Surtain II, cornerback out of Alabama. Patrick Surtain II is an elite corner who played against the best of the SEC at Alabama. He was one of the leaders of one of the most feared defenses in the country, and will surely look to carry over his impact and success into Mile High City.

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Patrick Surtain II NFL Draft Profile and Stats

Patrick Surtain II
Position: Cornerback
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 202 lbs
Age: 20
College: Alabama Crimson Tide

Patrick Surtain 2020 Stats

Coverage Snaps: 555
Rec/Tgt: 21/48
Completion Rate: 43.8%

Yards Allowed: 273
TD/INT: 2/1
Passer Rating: 67.4%

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Patrick Surtain Draft Profile

Strengths

  • Elite at reading eyes of QB and WR
  • Fantastic open field tackler
  • Good in zone coverage
  • Great at recognizing receiver routes
  • Elite physical attributes
  • Played against the best of the best in the SEC

Weaknesses

  • Sometimes can go for an interception when he should be going for a simple pass breakup and vice versa
  • Can be handsy at times
  • Likely won’t be able to get away with as physical of play as he’s used to in college


What to Expect From Patrick Surtain II in 2021

With the Broncos’ recent trade for Teddy Bridgewater, it seemed like a stretch for Denver to take a quarterback. Instead, they elected to go with Surtain, who will certainly be able to bolster their secondary upon arrival. While the return of Von Miller from his season long injury will help the Broncos defense get back to their normal, devastating play, they needed help in their secondary.

Kyle Fuller was really the only corner worth mentioning that was rostered on Denver, so it’s easy to see why Surtain is the pick. Going up against the high powered pass heavy offenses of the Chiefs and Chargers two times a year makes a second solid corner an absolute must. Kyle Fuller is a solid player at corner so they likely won’t need to throw Surtain onto the #1 receiver of opponents immediately. Don’t be surprised if, as the season progresses, he finds himself assuming that role in a dangerous Denver defense.


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