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Surratt brothers Sage, Chazz generating draft buzz

Wake Forest redshirt sophomore Sage Surratt is one of the nation’s top collegiate wide receivers, whenever he decides to enter the draft.

He’s not the only Surratt brother who has a big draft decision to make.

Chazz Surratt, the North Carolina junior quarterback-turned-linebacker, has gone from a lightly discussed prospect into one of the top players at his position behind a solid first year at LB.

Neither Surratt brother has announced their draft intentions.

Of the two, it makes more sense for Chazz Surratt (6-foot-3, 230 pounds) to enter the draft, as 2020 is generally considered a weak year at the linebacker position while the 2020 WR class is shaping out to be historically good. Plus, Sage Surratt (6-foot-4, 215 pounds) missed the final three games of the season after suffering a shoulder injury that required surgery against Virginia Tech.

Overall, the move to linebacker paid immediate dividends for the older Surratt brother. If he struggled to learn the nuances of the position, it didn’t show up in the statistics. Chazz Surratt led the Tar Heels in tackles (110), tackles for loss (13.5), sacks (6.0) and QB hits (8.0). Just for good measure, he also had an interception, forced fumble, fumble recovery and three pass breakups.

Not bad for his first season at the position.

“Surratt … checks off plenty of boxes for an off-ball linebacker, as he moves easily to the sideline, in coverage and chasing down plays in the backfield,” USA Today said of Chazz Surratt in its report of bowl game draft sleepers. “Regardless of whether the junior decides to declare and make the Military Bowl against Temple his last game with North Carolina, he’s an ascendant talent who should only develop further with more experience.”

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