Scouting Report: Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama

Old Bridge, NJ | 6004 | 210 | 4.44E | 2019

Intelligent player who has good understanding of all the positions in the secondary. Played in the slot as a freshman due to the team depth (Cyrus Jones/Marlon Humphrey) and was moved to safety as a sophomore when Eddie Jackson was injured but assumed his natural position with a return to cornerback as a junior. He demonstrated the ability to rush the edge off the corner as a safety and has been an intense ball-hawk on kickoff team. A student of the game who possesses outstanding closing speed and has been praised by the coaching staff for all the extra time he spent learning how to make all the calls on defense. Missed one game due to injury as a freshman. His high school coach heaps praise about how he never saw a harder worker or someone who loved the game more. Some questioned his conditioning in 2016, a key area of emphasis for improvement. Has returned more interceptions for touchdowns (four) than any player in school history. Has a reel of hard hits that any coach will love from their cornerback and appears to have long arms with his wrap up ability. Physical, versatile, experienced, his attributes are sure to see him selected in the first round.

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2016: Selected as a first team All-American by the Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association and Pro Football Focus … earned second-team honors from Walter Camp and Sporting News … tabbed as a first team All-SEC selection by both the coaches and the Associated Press … semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award … midseason All-American by CBS Sports and ESPN … returned two picks for scores in 2016 and four interceptions for touchdowns during his career to set the Alabama all-time mark for pick-sixes … led the team in interceptions (6) and interception return yards (186) … his 186 return yards ranked near the top nationally while his six picks tied for seventh in the FBS … tied for second on the Alabama defense in pass breakups (7) and ranked fourth in tackles (66) … his 41 solo stops ranked third on the team … also added five tackles for loss (-14 yards) and one sack (-9 yards) to go with a forced fumble.

2015: Named a Freshman All-American (Sporting News) and to the Freshman All-SEC Team … slotted into the lineup immediately, notched 45 total tackles, with three for a loss (-18 yards), two sacks (-17 yards), two interceptions (both returned for scores), 11 pass breakups and one quarterback hurry … on special teams, had six tackles and one blocked punt, returning that same punt for a score

High School/Personal: One of the top cornerbacks in the 2015 recruiting class … named to the 2015 Parade All-America team … selected to participate in the 2015 Under Armour All-America Game and Nike’s 2014 “The Opening” … a five-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com … 2014 second team All-USA selection by USA Today … first team MaxPreps.com Junior All-American in 2013 … the nation’s No. 2 corner by Rivals.com and No. 24 in the Rivals100 … No. 1 player in the state of New Jersey by Rivals.com, ESPN and Scout.com … No. 2 in the final NJ.com Top 50 … No. 36 in the Scout300 and the outlet’s No. 6 cornerback while ranking as the No. 1 corner in the East region … No. 27 in the ESPN300 and the No. 4 corner … ranked No. 3 among all players in the East region … the No. 5 cornerback and No. 30 overall in the 247Composite … ranked 49th in the Top247 and the No. 6 cornerback … No. 28 on the Prepstar Top 150 Dream Team … had 60 tackles and three interceptions as a senior in 2014 … accounted for 62 tackles with four picks and 21 pass breakups as a junior in 2013 while earning first team All-State honors (non-public) and first team All-Hudson County … was No. 1 player in the 2013 NJ.com Top 50 … had two interceptions and 12 pass breakups as a sophomore … played for head coach Rich Hansen at St. Peter’s Prep (N.J.) … chose Alabama over Florida State, Oklahoma, Auburn and Boston College.