Von Miller: “Patrick Surtain II is the Real Deal”
A couple of days into organized team activities and Patrick Surtain II has already left a strong impression on Super Bowl L MVP Von Miller. The Broncos used the ninth pick in last month's NFL draft to grab the former Alabama defensive back.
"Patrick Surtain, that "PS2" guy, he's the real deal," said Miller. "There's a couple of times I look over my shoulder and like just to see who's out there at receiver, checking off the formation, I see this guy out there and I say, he's taller than me. Is he supposed to be inside? He's supposed to be rushing. He's the real deal. He's a specimen. He has great feet. I've seen throughout the years playing football, knowing the type of player he is, but this Patrick Surtain II, seeing him up close and personal, he's the real deal. I'm excited to see what he can do...this feels like the resurrection of the no fly zone. No fly zone 2.0."
The former five-star recruit started 38 consecutive games for the Crimson Tide defense, he recorded 116 total tackles, six tackles for loss, four interceptions, four forced fumbles and 24 pass breakups in three seasons.
"This dude started as a freshman for Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide," said ESPN's Ryan Clark on NFL Live. "I played for Nick. You don't just do that if he can't depend on you. "Always in position, great in press coverage great in all coverage, makes plays on the ball and he's a great tackler. This is the type of dude that grew up in the house with a coach. Oh by the way, that coach was his dad, Patrick Surtain II who was also a baller in this league. This is somebody that the Denver Broncos plug in the first play and he starts, and balls."
In 2020, Surtain II was a unanimous All-American, earned SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors and helped guide Alabama to their 18th national championship.
Surtain II will look to improve a Broncos defense that ranked 25th in total defense and 17th in pass defense last season.
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