Former Alabama Star Voted Top Cornerback in the NFL
Former Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain II has been voted by NFL executives, coaches, scouts, and players, as the best cornerback in the National Football League.
The Alabama alumnus was ranked No. 7 in last year's ranking.
"He's separated himself, and I don't think it's close," said an AFC scout to ESPN. "If you're picking a team, you're taking him first."
The 23-year-old allowed a 58.4 completion percentage, giving up 468 yards on 77 targets and four touchdowns last season. Surtain II also recorded two interceptions and ten passes defended.
Surtain II's 12.5% target rate is also the lowest among eligible players.
Another quote from ESPN via a high-ranking NFL official, "[Surtain II is a] complete corner: physical, technical, versatile. He's a true matchup guy vs. the best players. Premium ability on press or off coverage. Outstanding open-field tackler. Solid ball skills. Plays with confidence. Really, really smart. And plays disciplined so he doesn't give anything away."
Two additional former Alabama cornerbacks also made the list, the Ravens' Marlon Humphrey ranking No. 6 and the Cowboys' Trevon Diggs coming in at No. 9. Humphrey also received votes as the best corner in the league.