While the Washington Redskins have quite a bith of youth amongst the defensive backs alongside veterans like Josh Norman and D.J. Swearinger, but ProFootballFocus’ Steve Palazzolo believes the team could add to the room with a first round selection in the 2018 NFL Draft.
In his third mock draft of the year released on Tuesday, Palazzolo has the Redskins selecting Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick with the No. 13-overall pick.
“At worst, Fitzpatrick looks like a good slot corner or safety, though his size makes him an intriguing option as an outside cornerback despite playing only 13 snaps there last season,” Palazzolo writes. “He has three strong years of grading under his belt on 2,281 career snaps.”
In three seasons with the Crimson Tide, Fitzpatrick appeared in 42 games, recording 171 tackles (16 for loss) along with 35 passes defensed, nine interceptions, 4.5 sacks, four defensive touchdowns and two fumbles forced.
During his junior season in 2017, the Old Bridge, N.J., native was named the Bednarik Award winner, given annual to the top defensive player in the country by the Maxwell Football Club, and the Thorpe Award winner, given annual to the top defensive back in the country.
In the process, he became just the third player in NCAA history to win both awards, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Charles Woodson and Arizona Cardinals All-Pro Patrick Peterson.
In 13 games, Fitzpatrick recorded 60 tackles with nine passes defensed and one interception.
As a sophomore, Fitzpatrick was a first-team All-American selection as he set career highs in tackles (66) and interceptions (six).