Patrick Surtain II is turning heads in Denver as he’s off to a strong start in Broncos training camp.

The former Alabama defensive back earned high praise from his new head coach. Vic Fangio noted that Surtain is already working at multiple DB spots, which is uncommon for a rookie in his first camp.

“It’s rare. It’s rare that you would ask a rookie to do that, No. 1, and it’s rare that he’s been able to handle it and do it,” Fangio told reporters. “Now, he’s not perfected any of them yet, by any means, but we think he can, and it’s not too big for him.”

Surtain has also impressed veteran linebacker Bradley Chubb.

“He’s handled it like a pro,” Chubb said, per “He’s been here. You’ve seen the guys say he’s picking up things like he’s a vet. I see nothing different. He’s carrying himself with a confidence and a swag. That’s what you love to see in a rookie, especially a DB. That position gets challenged a lot, whether it’s deep balls or guarding the best athletes in the world. He’s been doing a really good job with it and we’re excited to see him when the season comes.”

Surtain was selected No. 9 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft. It certainly sounds like the 2020 SEC Defensive Player of the Year and Unanimous All-American will see plenty of playing time this fall for the Broncos.

[H/T Kevin Patra,]