What The Experts Have to Say About Chazz Surratt, The Minnesota Vikings’ Third Round Selection (pt. 2)
In the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft, The Minnesota Vikings have selected Chazz Surratt. Here is what the experts have to say.
The Draft Network – 107th Prospect
“Surratt’s first year at linebacker was in 2019 and he was outstanding. Appearing in all 13 games with 11 starts, Surratt was a First-Team All-ACC selection and runner-up for ACC Defensive Player of the Year. With 115 tackles, Surratt led the Tar Heels and finished second in the ACC with 88 tackles per game. Surratt logged 15 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, and 10 quarterback hurries. He took another step forward in 2020, becoming more polished when it comes to coverage drops, pursuit angles, and tackling. Surratt is an exciting package of size, mobility, and physicality, but there are times studying his tape when you are reminded that he is still new to the position. Surratt will need to continue developing at the position and if he does, he has the makings of a starting pursuit-style linebacker that can make plays on every down.”
The Athletic – 97th Prospect
“Surratt is field fast and moves really well at the position to cover, blitz or chase down the run, with the smarts to consistently be around the football. However, his take-on skills and finishing ability aren’t yet strengths to his game, and he sticks to blocks and often arrives too hot as a tackler. Overall, Surratt must improve his run fits and develop in several areas, but he has the athleticism, instincts and competitive toughness to be a high-volume tackler and run-around weakside linebacker in the NFL.”
TVG‘s Instant Reaction:
We knew they were going to add to the linebackers. Anthony Barr’s restructure means that depth is needed, so bringing in a player who needs time to develop makes sense. He’ll likely be constrained to special teams as he learns behind Barr and Kendricks. That being said, the 3rd linebacker spot is an open competition, so we’ll see what he can do.