2021 NFL Draft: Chazz Surratt Player Profile

Chazz Surratt

Chazz Surratt 2021 NFL Draft Overview

Position: Linebacker
Height: 6’2.1
Weight: 229 lbs
School: University of North Carolina

Pro Day Performance Data

Hand: 09 5/8
Arm: 30 2/8
Wingspan: 75 4/8
40-Yard Dash: 4.59
10-Yard Dash: 1.67
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 25
Vertical Jump: 31.5
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.18
3-Cone Drill: 7.03

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Chazz Surratt 2021 NFL Draft Profile

Born in Denver, North Carolina, Chazz Surratt played quarterback for East Lincoln High school. His senior year, Surratt threw for 3,536 yards, 51 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions while also rushing for 1,345 yards and 15 rushing touchdowns. That season he was named Parade All-America and Parade National Player of the Year. The Associated Press named him the North Carolina offensive player of the year and gave him two First-Team AP All-State Selections. Surratt was also Gatorade state Player of the Year and Maxpreps national small schools players of the year. Ultimately, he elected to remain in the state, as he committed to the University of North Carolina.

As a redshirt freshman, Surratt rushed for 210 yards with five touchdowns on 85 carries. In the passing game, he totaled 1,342 yards on 107 completions, with eight of them going for touchdowns. He earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors at quarterback after dealing two touchdowns and 168 yards on 12 completions.

However, come his junior season, Surratt moved to the defensive side of the football. He made an immediate impact, with 66 solo and 49 assisted tackles, one interception, one forced fumble, six and a half sacks, and three pass breakups. Finally, as a senior, he had 49 solo and 42 assisted tackles, one forced fumble, one interception, six sacks, and three deflections. As a Junior, Surratt received First-Team All-ACC selection and ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors. In his senior year, Surratt was voted Team Captain and was named Defensive MVP. He received First-Team All-ACC selection honors for the second consecutive year and was a semi-finalist for both the Butkus Award and the Lott Trophy.

Strengths

  • Extremely quick and athletic
  • Competes with awareness, high football IQ, and instinct
  • Competitive, tough, aggressive, physical, and won’t give up on the play
  • Fights through blocks to reach the target
  • Poised and disciplined in attack

Weaknesses

  • Lacks size and strength
  • Still raw at the linebacker position, so he will need time developing and honing his craft
  • Suffered a wrist injury that required surgery and ended his season prematurely
  • Weak against wash-down blocks
  • Received a four-game suspension for selling team-issues sneakers

Player Comparison: Darius Leonard

Teams With Need At Position: Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings, Las Vegas Raiders

Draft Projection: Second Round

Bottom Line on Chazz Surratt

A prospect with elite speed, football IQ, toughness, and athleticism was evident when he was able to fluidly switch from quarterback to linebacker. He is still very raw at the position; however, history so far shows that he is progressing in the right direction. Surratt’s wrist injury and being undersized mixed with his physical style may be concerning if he doesn’t increase his body weight. There is nothing to suggest that Surratt can’t adapt at the NFL level and become a reliable starter, preferably an outside linebacker.

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