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Alabama CB Minkah Fitzpatrick Will Officially Enter NFL Draft

Minkah Fitzpatrick returning an interception for a touchdown.

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 03: Minkah Fitzpatrick #29 of the Alabama Crimson Tide returns an interception for a touchdown against the Florida Gators in the first quarter during the SEC Championship game at the Georgia Dome on December 3, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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.

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.