The Jim Thorpe and Bednarik Award winner is a projected top-10 pick.
As expected, Minkah Fitzpatrick is heading to the NFL Draft.
The Alabama junior cornerback announced his decision, which was widely-expected, during a press conference at Alabama today.
Earlier in the week, Fitzpatrick told ESPN’s Trey Wingo and Mike Golic that it was “pretty clear” which way he was leaning in regards to the NFL, implying that he would turn pro.
Minkah Fitzpatrick: These last few years have been the best years of my life. We've accomplished a lot together. I've attended the best university in the world.
— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) January 11, 2018
Fitzpatrick joins teammates Ronnie Harrison, Bo Scarbrough, Da’Ron Payne and Calvin Ridley in leaving early for the NFL.
Just the third-ever winner of both the Jim Thorpe and Bednarik Awards in the same season–joining Charles Woodson and Patrick Peterson–Fitzpatrick is expected to be off the board in the first 10 picks of April’s NFL Draft. He could find his way into the top five.
A two-time consensus All-American and All-SEC performer, Fitzpatrick finished his career with nine interceptions, including four returned for touchdowns. He also scored a touchdown on a blocked punt in 2015 and finished with 35 passes defensed in three seasons.