ENGLEWOOD, Colorado – Denver Broncos and new general manager George Patton have taken a different path to select Patrick Surtein II as No. 9 overall in the NFL draft.
Without the benefits of an intelligence plant or a personal visit to team complexes, most NFL teams make a concerted effort to gather as much information as possible about the prospects they are considering.
But Patton deliberately went into stealth mode, with a complete blackout of communications, which led to Denver’s choice of Surtain on Thursday night.
“I knew the family, I knew [his] Dad, I knew where he came from, “Patton said Friday.” We tried to hide our interest a little.
I never talked to Patrick; I never scaled him. I told our coaches, “Don̵
That doesn’t mean Patton didn’t have enough information anyway. He was the director of professional staff in Miami when Surtain’s father, Patrick Sr., was a backback with the Dolphins. The Broncos had also amassed three years of research reports on Surtain II from his time in Alabama.
Alabama coach Nick Saban was also the Dolphins’ head coach in 2005 and 2006, Patton’s last two seasons with Miami, before joining the Minnesota Vikings as director of staff in 2007.
For his part, Surtain said his agent told him he could be selected “at any time” after the Detroit Lions took Oregon to deal with Penei Sewell at number 7 on Thursday night.
“I received the call immediately [before the No. 9 selection]. “I knew it was a Denver code, so I knew which team would pick me,” Surathain said. – I was very excited and emotional at the same time. It’s a very exciting feeling. “
Surtain added that in recent weeks he had spoken to Broncos broadcaster Jerry Jedi, a former Alabama teammate whom Denver selected in the first round last year, but the two had not even talked about the possibility of becoming NFL teammates.
“We haven’t talked about joining the same team, but it’s kind of crazy the way things go together,” Suratein said. “I know he’s probably very excited and I know I’m very excited to … get together with him.”