The Dallas Morning News
Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama
Similar to Jalen Ramsey out of Florida State in the 2016 draft, the debate surrounding Fitzpatrick will be his position fit in the NFL. And while scouts appear split whether he is a safety, cornerback or hybrid of both, there is no wrong answer, just like with Ramsey.
The linchpin of the Alabama defense, Fitzpatrick didn’t have gaudy stats in 2017. He had one interception, but his impact is clear on tape as offenses opted to throw away from him. While he has the requisite athleticism to play the position at a high level, his football intelligence and awareness are his two best traits, serving as an extension of Nick Saban on the field.
Playing primarily as a nickel corner in the Tide’s scheme, teams will need to make a projection to play him at outside
cornerback, but he has the size/speed combination to mix and match receivers anywhere on the field. Fitzpatrick is a top-five player in the 2018 draft class.