Broncos Country knows the generational talent of Pat Surtain II, and the second-year cornerback is earning national recognition as well.
NFL.com’s David Carr ranked the highest 10 cornerbacks within the league in anticipation of NFL Network’s upcoming “Top 100 Players of 2022” list, and he placed Surtain at No. 5 overall.
“Surtain is top-of-the-line cornerbacks to come back into the league over the past half-decade,” Carr wrote. “The second-year pro doesn’t panic when he has to show and run with receivers. His athleticism and confidence are two reasons he broke out as a rookie, allowing the second-lowest passer rating in coverage (69.7) last season, per PFF (amongst 42 players with no less than 75 targets in coverage).”
Entering just his second season within the NFL, Surtain is the youngest player on the list. Along with allowing a low passer rating, Surtain recorded 4 interceptions and 14 passes defensed in 2021. He was a primary alternate for the Pro Bowl and received All-Rookie honors, cementing an elite rookie season.
“Well-coached and calculated in his risk-taking, Surtain feels poised to have a good higher performance in Yr 2 with the Broncos’ roster improving from top to bottom,” Carr wrote.
The one cornerbacks who ranked higher than Surtain were the Falcons’ A.J. Terrell, the Dolphins’ Xavien Howard, the Rams’ Jalen Ramsey and the Chargers’ J.C. Jackson.
Surtain has been elite through the primary 12 days of coaching camp, showing promise to take his game to a good higher level in 2022. He has shut down the Broncos’ top receivers on many occasions, looking every bit like a top NFL cornerback.