This series continues, and we turn back to a defensive dynamo in Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick.
The Colts need to make the right pick with their first round selection. They need to take a player who is a difference maker. One of those potential difference makers is Minkah Fitzpatrick, the safety out of Alabama.
Fitzpatrick was a defensive stud while at Bama. He was the lynch-pin of their secondary. He is a hard hitter who can also cover receivers. Fitzpatrick has good ball skills and can create turnover opportunities. He also is able to come up and stop the run when they need an extra man in the box.
While he is good at most aspects of defense, his stats sort of fall of in his senior year. He went from recording 7 INT’s and 2 TD’s in his sophomore year to only having 1 INT and zero touchdowns in his junior year. Why was there such a dramatic drop off in production?
Watching his film, you realize why that was the case. Most teams decided they were better off throwing away from Fitzpatrick. He wasn’t able to make as many plays on the football because of that. However he was doing a great job coming up and stopping the run every year that he was there.
Would he be a good fit for the Colts? They did just draft a safety last year in Malik Hooker out of Ohio State. But Fitzpatrick could be the run stopping, ball-hawking safety the Colts had in Bob Sanders back in the day. He would be able to make an immediate impact opposite of Hooker, and could definitely make the Colts better defensively.
The Colts need to make a good pick, and they could do worse than Fitzpatrick. He is going to make an immediate impact on whatever team takes him.