Nick Saban touts Minkah Fitzpatrick as a top-five pick

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A week after former UCLA coach Jim Mora was far less effusive than he arguably should have been when praising former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen, Alabama coach Nick Saban has said all the right things about former Crimson Tide defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick.

“As a player, is he a top-five pick? Yeah,” Saban recently told Scott Petrak of the Elyria (Oh.) Chronicle-Telegram.

Saban also was asked whether Fitzpatrick’s drive and obsession with perfection makes him a clone of his college head coach.

“I wouldn’t put that on anyone,” Saban said. “He’s better than me in a lot of ways.”

Apparently so, because Fitzpatrick’s determination doesn’t leave him seeming irritated all the time, like many perfectionists are.

“You always see an upbeat, positive, pleasant guy to be around,” Saban said. “When you’re in a room with him, you feel upbeat, positive, pleasant. He has a wonderful personality. . . . You will not find a better person. The guy’s got tremendous character. He was never in my office once for doing the wrong thing. He’s very responsible. He’s a good citizen, a good leader.”

And also a good bet to be one of the top picks in the draft.

15 responses to “Nick Saban touts Minkah Fitzpatrick as a top-five pick

  1. Saban is right on this one. All of the QBs are overrated. The 5 best players are: Barkley, Nelson, Chubb, Fitzpatrick and D. James.

  2. What % commission does Saban earn for getting him a Top 5 contract? How did this guy do in the classroom? Wonderlic score?

  3. lol….as if Saban needs commissions. The last two bama players the Giants got, Landon Collins and Dalvin Tomlinson are working out pretty well for us. I’ll trust Saban’s opinion here.

  4. arwiv says:
    April 8, 2018 at 6:16 pm
    lol….as if Saban needs commissions. The last two bama players the Giants got, Landon Collins and Dalvin Tomlinson are working out pretty well for us. I’ll trust Saban’s opinion here.

    ………………………..
    3-13 is working out well, just imagine what 4-12 would have been. Taking it to the next level?

  5. richabbs says:
    April 8, 2018 at 4:55 pm
    Saban is right on this one. All of the QBs are overrated. The 5 best players are: Barkley, Nelson, Chubb, Fitzpatrick and D. James.

    I don’t like Saban but I agree with richabbs. I think this might be the most overrated QB class in the last few years, but I think there are some strong player in other positions. Like your list there richabbs.

  6. Nick Saban knows nothing about the NFL. The Dolphins are still paying for his mistakes. Ronnie Brown #2 overall? Jason Allen 1st round?

  7. Fitzpatrick is certainly a tremendous talent with phenomenal instincts. His only blemish is that he wasn’t as explosive at the Combine as the scouts expected him to be. Nevertheless, I believe he will be immediate impact player as a Safety, similar to the Honey Badger Tyrann Matthieu or Harrison Smith.

  8. What would you expect Saban to say? It remains to be seen if Fitzpatrick can play in the NFL. Sure, he was good at Alabama, the best team money can buy. However, he won’t have that luxury in the NFL. They will test him and as much as all those millionaires around him helped at Alabama, he’s going to be expected to carry his weight in the NFL. I would not be surprised if he’s yet another Crimson Tide washout in the NFL.

  9. Anyone else reminded of Myron Rolle here? Alabama DB’s are rarely good in the pros, he probably is a great guy, but more like a top 15 pick instead of 5.

  10. April 8, 2018 at 6:16 pm
    lol….as if Saban needs commissions. The last two bama players the Giants got, Landon Collins and Dalvin Tomlinson are working out pretty well for us. I’ll trust Saban’s opinion here.

    ………………………..
    3-13 is working out well, just imagine what 4-12 would have been. Taking it to the next level?

    Hey as a giants fan the defense was better than it seemed….not the defense’s fault the offense couldn’t keep the ball long enough for rest defense.

  11. imaduffer says:
    April 8, 2018 at 7:03 pm
    arwiv says:
    April 8, 2018 at 6:16 pm
    lol….as if Saban needs commissions. The last two bama players the Giants got, Landon Collins and Dalvin Tomlinson are working out pretty well for us. I’ll trust Saban’s opinion here.

    ………………………..
    3-13 is working out well, just imagine what 4-12 would have been. Taking it to the next level?

    Did you notice that I SPECIFIED the two bama players? I made no mention of what a lousy season we had (and yes, Im well aware of how bad it was). The bama players are two of 53….and both of them are very good.

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