If you follow sports, or more specifically, the Denver Broncos, you’d know that the annual NFL Rookie Draft was this past weekend. During the weekend, there were many surprises across the board and many concerning decisions teams had made. With the #9 overall pick, Broncos fans waited eagerly to see who their next cornerstone player was going to be. After a few minutes of the Broncos being on the clock, General Manager George Paton and Coach Vic Fangio elected to choose Patrick Surtain II, an elite Cornerback from the University of Alabama.
One of six Alabama players chosen in this year's draft, Patrick was the 2020 SEC Defensive Player of the Year, and 2020 Consensus All-American, awards held by players such as Patrick Peterson, Eric Berry, and many other all time greats. Patrick accumulated 116 Total Tackles and 4 Interceptions throughout his 3 year career with the Crimson Tide. Surtian, who attended American Heritage School, in Florida who was coached by his dad, Patrick Surtain Sr. During High School winning back to back state titles, Surtain II played at the 2018 U.S Army All-American Bowl and was a 5-Star recruit and ranked #5 on ESPN’s top 300 list. He acquired 32 D1 offers, including the University of Colorado, Boulder, LSU, Miami and Clemson throughout his years in highschool, and officially committed to The University of Alabama on June 1st, 2018. This decision proved to be the correct one as in 2020, Alabama had won the National Championship, alongside his best of friends.
As a true freshman, Surtain II proved himself, being named a “Freshman All-American.” Surtian saw his first start against the Texas A&M Aggies, in which he picked off the first pass he saw and returned it for 20 yards. During his sophomore year, Surtian saw more field time, “[Earning] honorable mention All-America honors at corner by Pro Football Focus totaled 42 tackles to go with three forced fumbles ... added eight pass breakups, two interceptions (24 yards), a fumble recovery and one quarterback pressure to his 2019 line ... selected as one of the Alabama coaching staff special teams players of the week for his play at Texas A&M ... added defensive player of the week recognition from the UA coaches for his efforts against Arkansas” (RollTide.com). Surtain is also a second generation NFL talent, as his father, Patrick Surtain Sr. had a 10 year career with both the Kansas City Chiefs and the Miami Dolphins. He was a 3-time Pro Bowler, and one-time All-Pro. Shortly after Surtain II was drafted, Broncos GM, George Paton had this to say, “If you’re half the player your dad was, we’ve got one hell of a player on our hands.”
Surtian is a generational talent with a very good career for himself so far, we, as Broncos fans, should be ecstatic that we got such a player as Patrick Surtain II, from his historic run in high school, to his illustrious career at Alabama, and now The Mile High City, the whole state welcome’s Patrick Surtain II to The Denver Broncos.
Luke Tenney ‘22