2022 NFL Draft: Best No. 11 pick’s since 2010 increase pressure on Commanders
By Jerry Trotta
Marshon Lattimore (2017)
Marshon Lattimore is knocked for his consistency, but he’s still one of the league’s premier lockdown corners. He’s made four Pro Bowls in five seasons and was named Defensive Rookie of the Year back in 2017. Since he was drafted, no cornerback has more passes defended than Lattimore’s 74.
The Saints star isn’t an outright ballhawk, but his 13 interceptions still rank as the seventh-most at the position during that span.
This past September, Lattimore’s production was rewarded in the form of a five-year, $97.6 million extension with $68.3 million guaranteed, making him the second-highest-paid cornerback in the NFL only to Jalen Ramsey.
The Commanders can only hope to sign whomever they draft in the first round this month to a similarly-priced contract.
Minkah Fitzpatrick (2018)
A year after Lattimore was taken No. 11 overall, the Dolphins drafted Minkah Fitzpatrick. The Alabama product was a star in the making in Miami and quickly morphed into one of the NFL’s best safeties after he was traded to Pittsburgh.
Fitzpatrick has started 16 games in all four seasons and earned consecutive All-Pro and Pro Bowl nods in both 2019 and 2020. Since he was drafted, Fitzpatrick’s 13 interceptions rank third amongst safeties and his three interceptions returned for touchdowns trail only Marcus Peters (four) for the league lead.
Fitzpatrick has a propensity to bust in coverage, but he’s undoubtedly a top-five player at his position. What do you think, Commanders fans? Could Notre Dame’s Kyle Hamilton be Washington’s version of Fitzpatrick at No. 11?