18 Sep 2020

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Summer Scouting Notes: Sage Surratt, WR, Wake Forest

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Redshirt Junior | 6’2″, 215 | April 13, 1998 | Lincolnton, NC

A physical, big bodied receiver with good strength, hands, and route savvy.

Coming off of an injury shortened breakout season for the Demon Deacons, Surratt looks to improve on his 2019 with a big 2020 season. In just 9 games, he hauled in 66 passes for 1,001 yards and 11 TDs. The first team All-ACC selection was the leading Power 5 receiver prior to his injury, and was a named a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist despite not finishing the season. Surratt enters the 2020 season with an active streak of 14 consecutive games with a reception, and a career average of 111.2 receiving yards per game.

Strengths:

  • Physicality: handles collisions well when running routes
  • Hard to bring down
  • Route Savvy: finds openings in coverage and exploits them
  • Seperation via physicality and length
  • High Point and Contested Catch
  • Willing to block and has good block strength
  • Strong hands that can pluck the ball
  • Deep Routes

Areas to Improve:

  • Cut sharpness on short/intermediate routes
  • Tendency to drift off course during routes
  • Breakaway speed
  • Clean up stems
  • Blocking form

Injury Concerns:

  • Missed final 4 games of 2019 with a shoulder injury

Way Too Early Projection:

Sage Surratt has the raw ability to be one of the best receivers in the ACC this year, but could be impacted by inexperience under center. He fits best as an outside receiver, but he can slide into the slot if he absolutely has to. He could be a strong second option in the NFL, so watch for his name when Day 2 rolls around.

What To Watch For:

The departure of QB Jamie Newman will leave questions under center for the Wake Forest offense, and could impact Surratt’s production through no fault of his own. He shouldn’t have too many issues getting open, but that doesn’t mean much if the ball can’t get to him. If he can refine his short and intermediate routes, his production could get even better thanks to how difficult he is to bring down. Expect the Wake Forest offense to try and force feed him in the passing game since he is their best weapon, and expect him to make the most of what opportunities he is given.

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