Patrick Surtain II is perhaps the NFL Draft prospect most connected to the Dallas Cowboys. The Alabama Crimson Tide product has been groomed to play cornerback since an early age, and the Cowboys are desperate for more talent at that position.

Fellow Alabama product Trevon Diggs had a solid rookie season. Diggs and Surtain II formed quite the pairing in the Crimson Tide secondary during their collegiate days in Tuscaloosa. It appears that there is a very realisitic chance that the duo joins forces again on the professional level.

Injury-related news concerning another one of the draft’s top corners surfaced on Monday. Virginia Tech’s Caleb Farley is set to undergo back surgery. That raises more questions marks on the athletic defender, and the news could push Farley down draft boards.

The Cowboys do not have to reach for a cornerback in this year’s draft, but it would be very ideal for the team to land one of the players at the position. Surtain II appears to be the prime target for the Cowboys as we sit here in late March.


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Jan 1, 2021; Arlington, TX, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Patrick Surtain II (2) in action during the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Caleb Farley is regarded as better athlete between the two top corners, but Surtain showcased his athletic ability on Tuesday at Alabama’s pro day. Teams around the league made the trip to Tuscaloosa to watch Surtain and other top Crimson Tide prospects workout in drills.

Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn were among those in attendance. That seems pretty significant and potentially points to the interest that Dallas has in Surtain.

Surtain had to have impressed both McCarthy and Quinn on Tuesday morning. He put up impressive numbers across the board, making some push Surtain ahead of Farley and the rest of the draft’s top corners.

That said, Cowboys fans should definitely hope that Surtain’s pro day didn’t push him up too much higher on draft boards. That could potentially make a team drafting ahead of Dallas want to select the ‘Bama product.

Overall, Surtain II produced high quality film during his collegiate career in Tuscaloosa. His athletic testing at Alabama’s pro day only confirms that he is among the top defensive prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft class.

The Surtain-to-Cowboys pick almost makes too much sense. He has the pedigree that the Cowboys like, the film against top competition to prove his talent, and the athletic testing numbers that should translate well to the next level.

We could be very close to seeing Patrick Surtain II and Trevon Diggs back in the same secondary again. That would be great news for the Dallas Cowboys defense.

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