Last season, we saw a breakout performance from Wake Forest wide receiver Sage Surratt. In his redshirt sophomore season, Surratt fought 66 balls for 1,001 yards and 11 touchdowns. Mind you, this was only through nine games as Surratt suffered an injury to his right shoulder that required surgery. Today, Sage Surratt announced that he would opt out of the Wake Forest season, citing covid-19 uncertainties, and begin preparing for the 2021 NFL Draft.
Forever Grateful🖤 pic.twitter.com/fQBpdpRbln
— Sage Surratt (@SageSurratt_14) August 19, 2020
Surratt is just the latest student athlete to do so. Earlier this month, Purdue receiver Rondale Moore also announced that he was opting out. Both players were factored to be high 2021 NFL Draft prospects, but were coming off season-ending injuries. There are certainly similarities between the two players, but I was looking forward to seeing both back in action this season to disprove the notion that each is injury prone.
Where Does Sage Surratt’s NFL Draft Stock Currently Stand?
As we stand today, I have a late-first round grade on Surratt. However, this depends highly on how many receivers we see come off the board in the 2021 NFL Draft. Last year, in the 2020 NFL Draft, we saw six wide receivers come off the board in the first round. While this year’s class of receivers may not match the depth that we saw at the position last year, I do believe that it’s equally as impressive at the top.
According to the Wake Forest website, Sage Surratt is listed at 6’3 and 215 pounds. Throughout the season in 2019, Surratt was able to utilize his size to control the redline as a target against the sideline. Additionally, he has above average contact balance to remain upright through traffic.
While there is still a long ways to go in the 2021 NFL Draft process, Surratt should factor into being a day one or two draft selection. Wake Forest has never had a first round wide receiver draft pick in the NFL Draft, but if Sage Surratt is able to impress scouts in the NFL Combine, and pass medical exams, he could become a day one target.