The son of a former All-Pro cornerback, expectations were and are still high for Surtain to meet or exceed his father's play. He committed to Alabama as a five-star recruit, quickly made a name for himself and tallied 38 consecutive starts during his college career. In his final season at Alabama, Surtain recorded nine pass deflections and one interception in 13 games for the national champions, earning unanimous All-America honors and chosen as the SEC Defensive Player of the Year. He allowed just 21 completions for 273 yards all season.
Strengths: Surtain is a pro-ready corner with plenty of polish. Has the size to match up with any receiver and the aggression to go inside and face tight ends. Rumors were that Surtain would be moving to a safety role in Alabama's defense, which illustrates his versatility. Surtain is best suited as a Cover 3 defender but often seemed to get deep-third assignments in Alabama's defense.
Weaknesses: Surtain has a tendency to open his hips early and sell out for deep passes, allowing receivers to work underneath to gain separation. A less presumptuous approach could work wonders for Surtain at the next level. Surtain likely won't blow anyone away as an athlete and is likely best suited as an outside corner only at the next level, which could push some teams off of him as a high pick.
Pro comparison: Jimmy Smith, Ravens -- Jimmy Smith, when healthy, was an excellent framed and clean corner with many impressive performances to his resume. Surtain matches up to Smith as a fluid yet smart corner who, in today's era, provides the extra benefit of being able to use his size to help take out tight end threats.