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ESPN: Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick Could Win The Heisman In 2017

The Crimson Tide standout could win the Heisman Trophy.

A defender hasn't won the Heisman Trophy in 20 years. Michigan cornerback Charles Woodson won the sport's most-prestigious trophy back in 1997.

ESPN has listed five defensive players who could follow in Woodson's footsteps this upcoming season.

One of them is Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick.

From ESPN:

Fitzpatrick is the most dynamic returning defender on the nation's most visible defense. Alabama can provide defensive players with the profile to make a splash nationally, although lineman Jonathan Allen didn't gain any Heisman traction last year despite being more deserving than Peppers. Fitzpatrick's absence from offense and returns don't help his cause. But if he records some early pick-sixes, like in the season opener against Florida State, his name will enter the Heisman conversation.

Alabama's defense should be nasty again in 2017. The Crimson Tide had perhaps the country's best player in 2016 in Jonathan Allen. Perhaps Fitzpatrick will be that player in 2017, only this time he'll get Heisman Trophy consideration.