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Minkah Fitzpatrick’s skillset will add a dynamic and versatile defender to the Redskins secondary.

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Hogs Haven takes a look at 2018 NFL Draft prospects that could contribute to the Redskins

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Minkah Fitzpatrick, S
School: Alabama | Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior | Age: 21
Height / Weight: 6-1 / 201 lbs
Projected Draft Status: Round 1
NFL Comparison: Tyrann Mathieu

College Statistics

Player Overview

Minkah Fitzpatrick, out of New Jersey, is an St. Peters Prep standout playing wide receiver and defensive back. The five-star recruit committed to Alabama, coming into Tuscaloosa as the number four ranked cornerback in the nation. As a freshman, Fitzpatrick earned Freshman All-American and Freshman All-SEC notices. The versatile defensive back finished his career at Alabama with 171 total tackles, 16.5 tackles for a loss, 16.5 sacks, nine interceptions, and four defensive touchdowns (school record). Minkah also earned first-team All-American honors in 2016, as well as the Chuck Bednarik and Jim Thorpe Awards of 2017.

Strengths

  • Versatile defensive back. Can play in the box, at free, or at slot cornerback, all at a high-level. 4.46 speed, has range and acceleration to cover all levels of the field.
  • Field and situational awareness are high, with his competitive mentality he will be a ball hawk.
  • Excellent edge blitzer creating advantages for defense in critical down and distances.
  • Thrives on special teams.

Weaknesses

  • Versatile defensive back, but needs to develop at free safety.
  • Inconsistent in pursuit of ball-carrier.
  • Struggles in man coverage, specifically off-man. Slow reaction/anticipation, creates separation between him and receiver.

Let’s see his work:

How He Would Fit On The Redskins

Minkah Fitzpatrick is what Tyrann Mathieu was to the Arizona Cardinals. A versatile, explosive, do it all defensive back who can be used in a multitude of ways. The advantage Minkah has over Tyrann is his size, Fitzpatrick can also play in sub-packages on the pro-level that allows three safeties to be on the field at one time. Montae Nicholson, D.J. Swearinger, and MinkahFitzpatrick is a trio that will wreak havoc on offenses due to the speed of Nicholson and Fitzpatrick followed by Swearinger’sability to thrive at the line of scrimmage as a box safety. It can also create disguise looks where Swearinger or Fitzpatrick can blitz off the edge adding already to the Redskins dynamic pass-rush. Fitzpatrick if available at 13 may undoubtedly be the best player available, and the Redskins should not hesitate to pull the trigger.