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.

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