Minkah Fitzpatrick put together quite the career at Alabama, winning two national titles, being named All-American two years in a row and bring home both the Jim Thorpe Award and Chuck Bednarik Award in 2017.
His play on the field is obvious, with opposing quarterbacks not daring throw his way while he also contributes in so many other ways, including 60 total tackles in 2017 along with 8 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks and 1 forced fumble.
What makes him so great though, according to NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr., is what happens between his ears.
“One of the smartest defensive backs you’ll ever find,” Kiper said on The Paul Finebaum Show on Friday.
That knowledge along with his excellent skill set has Fitzpatrick in position to be one of the top picks in the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft. In the latest SEC Country mock draft, Fitzpatrick is predicted to go to the Cleveland Browns with the 4th overall pick.
If that is the case, the Browns will be receiving a player that has achieved almost as much as possible during his three seasons in Tuscaloosa. As a sophomore in 2016, Fitzpatrick intercepted 6 passes, taking two of them back for a touchdown while also recording 66 total tackles and breaking up 7 other passes. This led to teams tending to stay away from the Old Bridge, N.J. native when facing Alabama in 2017.
Deciding to forgo his senior season and opt for the draft, Fitzpatrick will try and use both is mental and physical skills to become one of the best defensive backs at the highest level.