Minkah Fitzpatrick, size wise, comes NFL ready.
40 Time: 4.42
- 2015: Freshman All-American
- 2016: First Teams All-American
NFL Draft Board Analysis
Highest pick on the NFL Draft Board
Minkah Fitzpatrick’s size and versatility puts him on the cusp of the top ten picks in the 2018 NFL draft. If his agility improves he could possibly crack the top five.
Most likely destination from the NFL Draft Board
Minkah Fitzpatrick, although a stellar college player, doesn’t appear to be an NFL franchise player at the moment. The NFL team that selects Fitzpatrick should have a specific hole to fill with Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick probably won’t enter the NFL as a finished product. One way to describe Fitzpatrick is that he is an outstanding football player, but not necessarily an outstanding position player. But, he hasn’t played safety in college yet. It would be nice to see how Fitzpatrick would work out at safety.
At this time it appears that Alabama could have a wide receiver, Calvin Ridley, and a cornerback go in the top 10 of the 2018 NFL draft. The obvious question is, how does this play out in practice? Although this clip doesn’t prove anything, I imagine Calvin Ridley, at 6-1, 188 and a 4.35 40, gives the 6-1, 203 and 4.42 40, Fitzpatrick fits.
This is a situation where Fitzpatrick would do well to manhandle the lighter Ridley at the line of scrimmage.
Comparative position ranking on the NFL Draft Board
Minkah Fitzpatrick sits on top of the NFL Draft Board as the first cornerback coming off the board. However, another player could potentially come in and replace him.
- NFL teams may look at Minkah Fitzpatrick as a safety with a 40 time of 4.42. His size, 6-1, 203, would lend itself easily to transfer over to safety in the NFL.
- Four career pick sixes is an Alabama record.
- Can cover the outside or slot.
- Plays better in space.
- Large cornerback that NFL teams like.
Areas of Concern
- First steps isn’t always productive.
- Hip turn could be more efficient.
- Sometimes loses the ball when it’s in the air.
- Benefitted from playing on defense with a steady stream of first round draft picks and future NFL players.