FRISCO - It's true what Patrick Surtain II is telling the media today as we all get prepared for the April NFL Draft: The Dallas Cowboys, despite his unquestioned presence as a draft target at No. 10 overall, have yet to speak with him in any formal way.
"I haven't talked to the Cowboys yet," Surtain said. "I'm still in the process of talking to teams so I haven't talked to them yet."
But that's only half the story. And Surtain could still very well make up half of the 2021 Cowboys starting cornerback tandem from Alabama.
"I talk to Diggs a lot of the time,'' Surtain tells Michael Irvin on the Hall-of-Fame receiver's PodcastOne podcast. "He’s been telling me they have a lot of interest in me.''
And honestly, that reveals more than how much time front office officials have spent glad-handing the prospect, a 2020 Consensus All-American, the 2020 SEC Defensive Player of the Year and maybe the best defensive player in this draft.
The Cowboys do not have to have spent a lot of sit-down time with Surtain to recognize that the son of former All-Pro cornerback Patrick Surtain Sr. has a chance at stardom.
And that he has a chance to lineup at cornerback alongside a pal, Trevon Diggs, his cornerback partner when both were at 'Bama.
"Diggs, he is my brother for life," Surtain said.
Diggs exited the Crimson Tide program last year, becoming Dallas' second-round pick and then becoming a Dallas starter.
Surtain (a consideration at 10 along with cornerback Jaycee Horn and a host of others) is a candidate to follow the same path as a first-rounder this year.
"It would be really cool to reunite,'' Surtain told Irvin. "I think it would be like college with me and him on both sides of the field.
"It would be an awesome feeling.''
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