Updated: Mar 27
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The North Carolina pro day is on Monday, but prospects had their media session today via Zoom. Running backs Javonte Williams and Michael Carter didn't reveal which teams they spoke to, but we do know that inside linebacker Chazz Surratt has met with a linebackers coach from the Steelers, according to Brooke Pryor of ESPN.
Surratt is a tall linebacker at 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, who had a late start to the position. Surratt made the switch from quarterback to linebacker prior to his redshirt junior season and was instantly successful. His season was highlighted by a game-winning interception against rival Duke. Surratt was named first-team All-ACC at the linebacker position in 2019 and 2020. Surratt is projected to be a Day 2 pick in the draft.
Below is a scouting report on Surratt by The Draft Network.
"Chazz Surratt came to North Carolina to play quarterback, where he started seven games as a redshirt freshman in 2017 and entered 2018 as the Tar Heels’ starter. His 2018 season was delayed, however, because of a four-game suspension because he sold team-issued sneakers. When he returned to the lineup, Surratt completed 4-of-10 passes for 10 yards and three interceptions before injuring his wrist, which required season-ending surgery. When his wrist healed and he was ready to return to the field, discussions between Surratt and then-head coach Larry Fedora began regarding a switch to the defensive side of the football. Surratt considered a transfer to another university to continue as a quarterback but he met with newly hired head coach Mack Brown regarding his status with the program and he decided to stay. Surratt made it clear to Brown that it was his goal to play in the NFL and both agreed his best course was to make the transition to linebacker. Surratt’s first year at linebacker was in 2019 and he was outstanding. Appearing in all 13 games with 11 starts, Surratt was a First-Team All-ACC selection and runner-up for ACC Defensive Player of the Year. With 115 tackles, Surratt led the Tar Heels and finished second in the ACC with 88 tackles per game. Surratt logged 15 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, and 10 quarterback hurries. He took another step forward in 2020, becoming more polished when it comes to coverage drops, pursuit angles, and tackling. Surratt is an exciting package of size, mobility, and physicality, but there are times studying his tape when you are reminded that he is still new to the position. Surratt will need to continue developing at the position and if he does, he has the makings of a starting pursuit-style linebacker that can make plays on every down."