By: Hussam Patel
The legendary progeny of former Miami Dolphins Cornerback Patrick Surtain, Surtain II certainly has the DNA to be a long, tall, rangy corner. Ideally, his best fit is in a press man scheme, where he can use his frame and physique to bully WRs at the line of scrimmage and disrupt the route.
When on the LOS, Surtain uses hand jamming techniques - a quick one-or two-hand jam. When Surtain doesn't use his hands, he watches the pass catcher’s body and hip movements keenly, he's patient and doesn't bite on separation moves.
He has build-up speed when challenged vertically, and he can find and make a play on the ball. A reliable tackler in space, and understanding zone coverage, he's able to effectively play the run and is willing to shed blocks to let other teammates make tackles.
What I’ve noticed on game tape, and what is sure to pop out, is Surtain’s struggles with quick routes such as slants and 5 yard out routes. He doesn’t have the short area burst and quickness to match up with speedy slot WRs, although his frame and physicality certainly lines up against bigger WRs.
While I do not envision him being like his father, Surtain II shows some flashes of being like another Dolphins cornerback, Byron Jones.