By: Hussam Patel
Chazz Surratt was originally a Quarterback at UNC, but only started 2 games for the Tar Heels. He switched to defense his junior season, and progressed as a linebacker. At 6’3”, 230 pounds, Surratt has the perfect frame for the linebacker position and the athleticism to cover all types of skill players.
As an off-ball Linebacker, Surratt is a menacing rusher. In his senior season, he piled up 91 tackles, tied for the team lead with six sacks, and was second with 7.5 TFL. He also had six hurries, three pass breakups, one interception, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. Surratt's 91 tackles were fifth most in the conference, while his six sacks tied for 10th.
The Tar Heel Linebacker can cover in the slot, play weak side linebacker, and do well as the MIKE. What's really important is his coverage ability; he held his own against some of the top slot wide receivers in the ACC.
Surratt can also cover tight ends and running backs with his agility and smooth hips, allowing him to move freely like a deep safety. In the run game, he accelerates and pursues running backs with chase-down speed that often leaves them shocked with zero yards gained.
While still new to the linebacker position, Surratt still has a lot to learn about NFL concepts, particularly communication from the MIKE position. In rushing the passer, he will need to build up more strength to compete against bigger lineman and shed blocks.
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