By: Steve Johnson
Minkah Fitzpatrick, S/CB , Alabama
6’1 201 31 1/4″ arms, 9 3/8″ hands
4.46 40, 33″ vert, 121″ broad jump
2015: 14 games. 45 tackles, 3 TFL, 2 sacks, 2 int returned 88 yards for 2 TDs, 10 pass break ups
2016: 15 games. 66 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 6 int for 186 yards, 2 TDs, 7 pass break ups, FF
2017: 15 games. 60 tackles, 8 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 1 int, 7 pass break ups, 1 FF
Misc. Stats: 1 KR for 39 yards in 2017
Accolades: 2014 USA Today All-American, 2015 National Champion, 2016 First-team All-SEC, 2016 All-American, 2017First-team All-SEC, 2017 Chuck Bednarik Award, 2017 Jim Thorpe Award, 2017 All-American, 2017 National Champion
Injuries: Missed one game in 2015.
History: Was a five-star recruit from Old Bridge, NJ. Two way player (WR and DB) at St. Peters Preparatory School in Jersey City.
Strengths: Versatile playmaker, who has the ability to play safety, corner (both inside and outside). Good size/speed combo. Very aggressive as a tackler, can play in the box and also tackle in space. Intense and uber competitive. Great blitzer as a box safety. Has been a monster on special teams. Big play potential every time he touches the ball.
Weaknesses: Doesn’t have elite coverage skills, to be a corner. More quick than fast. Maybe he plays too reckless? Typically, Alabama defenders haven’t been as bust proof as expected.
Overview: Fitzpatrick is a do it all defensive back, that can line up anywhere. His playmaking ability reminds me of Tyrann Mathieu, but taller.
Draft Projection: Top 15 Pick
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 6.8