2018 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Alabama SAF/CB Minkah Fitzpatrick


PLAYER PROFILE


Height: 6-0

Weight: 204

College: Alabama

Class: Junior


TRAITS BREAKDOWN


SIZE/PHYSICAL TRAITS (4.5/5)

  • Has desired size for an NFL free safety/cornerback
  • Could add a little weight to play strong safety
  • 31 1/4″ arms

SPEED/RANGE (13.5/15)

  • Good sideline-to-sideline range (ran 4.46 in the 40)
  • Good closing speed

TECHNIQUE/AGILITY (13.5/15)

  • Fluid hips
  • Clean backpedal/shuffle

RECOGNITION/INSTINCTS (19/20)

  • Very instinctive — always around the ball
  • Great play recognition — keys and diagnoses plays quickly; processes play fakes quickly

BALL SKILLS/PLAYMAKING (9/10)

  • Good ball skills (9 career interceptions)
  • 2 career forced fumbles

TACKLING/RUN SUPPORT (7.5/10)

  • Inconsistent tackler — some fly-by missed tackles/poor pursuit angles
  • Does a nice job of stacking and shedding perimeter blocks

COVER SKILLS (17/20)

  • Very good in zone coverage — very instinctive; quick to react and anticipate routes
  • Pretty good in man coverage — anticipates routes well; can cover tight ends, slot receivers or running backs
  • Can get turned around in man coverage occasionally
  • Doesn’t get his head around consistently to locate the ball downfield
  • Can play free safety, strong safety or nickel corner

BLITZ ABILITY (3.5/5)

  • Decent blitzer off the edge
  • Good speed and timing to disrupt plays in the backfield

VERDICT


NFL COMPARISON: Malcolm Jenkins

GRADE: 87.50/100.00 — (EARLY) 1ST ROUND — Good player with Pro Bowl potential

 

 

 

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