Patrick Surtain II is one of the top corners in this year’s draft
The New York Giants suddenly have one of the best secondaries in the NFL after signing Adoree Jackson as a free agent this offseason.
When it comes to the cornerback position, the Giants are pretty strong now with Jackson, James Bradberry, Darnay Holmes in the slot and even a solid player like Isaac Yiadom who played well at times last season. But this doesn’t mean New York won’t draft a corner later this month.
ESPN’s Jordan Raanan mentioned during his recent Breaking Big Blue podcast that the Giants are intrigued by Surtain and could use the 11th overall pick on him.
Just like if Jaylen Waddle or Devonta Smith end up being available at 11, the Giants simply can’t pass on Surtain even though they just signed Jackson.
Lance Zierlein of NFL.com compares Surtain to former NFL corner Nnamdi Asomugha. Here’s what he wrote in his draft profile:
Lockdown, press-man cornerback with elite size, length and talent to match up with any brand of receiver from any place on the field. He was a five-star recruit coming in and he consistently competed for championships in high school and college. Surtain possesses elite physical and athletic traits with the rare combination of length and short-area quickness that allows him to play on a press-man island and phase routes on all three levels. He plays to his length with plus technique and cover skills that make winning downfield a very challenging proposition. He was beaten in true man-to-man battles for 29-plus yards just five times during his career. His ability to stay connected to the route allows him to shut down yards after catch very quickly as a strong, wrap-up tackler. Run support goes in the “strengths” column, as well. He’s been well-schooled at home and at Alabama. He’s wired like a future All-Pro cornerback.
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