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Minkah Fitzpatrick was a rarity at Alabama, as not too many freshman see the field. He played in the nickel “Star” throughout his freshman and most of his sophomore season. Late in 2016, Minkah was asked to switch to safety. Unselfishly Minkah agreed, even though he felt more comfortable at nickelback, and had aspirations to play outside corner.
Fast forward a couple of years, and now Minkah is possibly the most position flexible defensive back in the draft. Minkah allowed only 10 yards passing into his coverage against Georgia, in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship game.
A physically larger version of Tyrann Mathieu
Best Position Fit
Free Safety / Nickel Corner
Minkah has strong leadership abilities and he loves football. He is a very intense football player. Is the quarterback on the field. Has great hands in press coverage. Possesses elite recovery speed. 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. He could use more patience. Can sometimes run downhill so fast that he runs himself out of position to make a play on the ball.
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 nickelback. The blueprint was stamped into his college career, by Nick Saban. Minkah should hear his name called in the top 10.
11/05/2016 – Minkah Fitzpatrick moves to safety due to Eddie Jackson’s 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