Patrick Surtain II is officially a Bronco. 

The Alabama cornerback was selected ninth overall by the Denver Broncos Thursday night at the NFL Draft. The Broncos were thought to have perhaps taken a quarterback, specifically Ohio State's Justin Fields, but instead passed on Fields and took the best defensive player available. 

Surtain joins a talented cornerback room, after Denver acquired free agents Kyle Fuller and Ronald Darby this offseason. Surtain was a three-year starter for Alabama, totaling 116 tackles nine passes defensed and four interceptions. 

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Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain II greets fans after he was chosen by the Denver Broncos with the ninth pick during the first round of the NFL draft Thursday, April 29, 2021, in Cleveland.

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