Not only is Minkah Fitzpatrick one of the best safeties in the entire country, but he might have been the best corner had he continued to play the position. Late in 2016, Minkah was asked to switch to safety. Unselfishly Minkah agreed, even though he felt more conformable at corner. Fast forward a couple of years, and now he is possibly the most position flexible defensive back in the draft. Minkah allowed only 10 yards passing into his coverage against Georgia, in the College Football Playoff National Championship game.
A physically larger version of Tyrann Mathieu
Best Position Fit
Free Safety / Slot Corner
Strong leadership abilities. Is the quarterback on the field. Has great hands in press coverage. Possesses elite recovery speed. Great hands for the position. Reads the quarterback well, and gets to the target in a hurry.
Needs to improve on tacking, and finding the better angles to get in to position and make the tackle.
Minkah is physically gifted with rare speed, and was the backbone of Alabama’s defense. His ability to cover sideline to sideline helped Alabama become No. 1 in scoring and No. 2 in total defense. Although he could possibly play at outside corner, his best position is probably at free safety or in the slot. This blueprint is stamped into his college career. Minkah should hear his name called in the top 10.
11/05/2016 – Minkah Fitzpatrick moves to safety due to Eddie Jackson (fractures leg) season ending injury.
12/08/2017 – Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick wins Bednarik Award
12/17/2017 – Minkah Fitzpatrick wins the Jim Thorpe Award
01/06/2018 – Minkah Fitzpatrick injured a kidney in victory over Clemson.
01/11/2018 – Minkah Fitzpatrick declares for draft