When looking at the 2020 season, the ‘Bolts’ have given up a lot of touchdowns via the air. In fact, Gus Bradley’s defense surrendered a total of 27 touchdowns this year. They’re currently ranked as the 27th pass defense in the NFL, which is near the bottom. Opposing signal-callers have dropped 3,000-plus yards passing on this Chargers unit. The cornerback group compromised of Michael Davis, Casey Hayward, and Chris Harris Jr. needs a youth infusion.
Surtain will be one of the better prospects in terms of his coverage skills despite suspect tackling. He was able to keep up with the best SEC receivers which bodes well in the NFL, all things considered. Film points to him becoming a solid NFL corner, though his tackling will have to improve once he’s at the professional level.
What Did Surtain’s College Career Look Like?
Playing against the likes of Georgia, LSU, and Auburn the last three years has prepped Surtain for a career in the NFL. Alabama, an unofficial NFL player factory, rolls out elite prospects year in and out. In that three-season span, Surtain racked up four interceptions, 22 passes defensed, and four and a half tackles for loss. Jordan Reid pointed out that Surtain is also aggressive with punching and stripping the ball out of the arms of ball carriers. Surtain’s four forced fumbles and one career fumble recovery are evidence of this claim.
Pro Football Focus broke down Surtain’s snaps on defense recently. He played 42 in the box for the Crimson Tide, along with 36 in the slot, and 687 wide playing on the outside. As a side note, he also played a lot of special teams for head coach Nick Saban, totaling 81 plays between kick and punt coverage.
In other words, Surtain will not only help the Chargers improve in pass coverage but he’ll also aid in creating turnovers. And, if necessary, he can contribute on special teams right out of the gate. If the ‘Bolts’ have an opportunity to nab Surtain, general manager Tom Telesco should consider it.