The Denver Broncos chosen cornerback Patrick Surtain II with their first-round decide within the 2021 NFL Draft, and it was seen as considerably of a controversial determination. The Broncos are within the midst of a quarterback battle, and with Ohio State’s Justin Fields nonetheless on the board, some have been intrigued by that potential route. As a substitute Denver continued what has been its major purpose all offseason, and that is to bolster the secondary.
Surtain was nonetheless thought of probably the greatest defensive gamers within the draft, and he has been turning some heads in OTAs. On Tuesday, fellow Broncos cornerback Bryce Callahan informed reporters that he was extra excited than nervous about his job safety when Denver chosen Surtain, and likewise mentioned that he is impressing on the sphere — mentally and bodily.
“Oh man, he is a baller,” mentioned Callahan when requested about Surtain. “Simply from what I’ve seen to this point, he has nice measurement, he is an enormous nook, he is disciplined in his method and he is studying the protection — a number of positions — actually quick, which is uncommon for a rookie.”
The son of a three-time Professional Bowler, Surtain was named the SEC Defensive Participant of the 12 months final season, and was an Unanimous All-American as his Alabama Crimson Tide went on to win the School Soccer Nationwide Championship. He recorded 116 whole tackles, 24 passes defensed and simply 4 interceptions in three seasons at Alabama, but it surely wasn’t usually when a quarterback took an opportunity by throwing in his route. The Broncos have a strong secondary with safeties Kareem Jackson and Justin Simmons returning, together with cornerbacks Kyle Fuller, Ronald Darby and Callahan, however Surtain remains to be going to have the chance to make a right away affect in 12 months 1.