There’s no question that Minkah Fitzpatrick is one of the top defensive backs in this draft. The Alabama product has been a three year starter, and he has provided phenomenal coverage for the team. He also possesses excellent tackling skills, and should have the ability to be a quality center fielder at the safety position.
However, Fitzpatrick isn’t a traditional safety. He has the versatility needed to play any position in the secondary, and he could be a starter at corner if needed. In fact, he has stated that he would like to play the slot corner position in the NFL, and that is something that he well could do. At the same time, he would probably play in base packages as a safety and move to the slot when needed.
The Redskins are absolutely interested in Fitzpatrick. There have been reports that he will certainly be the pick if he somehow falls to the No. 13 pick. Right now, that is looking like a possibility, but he’s not overwhelmingly expected to be available. But, Fitzpatrick is probably on top of the team’s Big Board no matter what.
For the next level, Fitzpatrick is a safe, versatile prospect with equally strong pass coverage and tackling ability. He should be a solid secondary weapon for the team that selects him, and he would be an ideal option in the slot and as a depth safety for the Redskins.