Minkah Fitzpatrick, a contributor at Alabama since his freshman year in 2015, is one of college football's most versatile and effective defenders.
He proved in his first two seasons that he can thrive at any position in the secondary -- he's moving from cornerback to safety for 2017. Fitzpatrick is a playmaker, too. He holds the Alabama career record for interceptions returned for touchdowns with four.
Pulling back the curtain on the vote
Fitzpatrick received votes from six of seven CFB 24/7 experts, including one top-five vote. Only one defensive back is ahead of him in the #CFBTop25 countdown. He's the highest-rated player in the countdown from Alabama, which led all schools with four players in the #CFBTop25.
What some of our analysts are saying about Fitzpatrick
"Fitzpatrick has excelled at both cornerback and safety for the Tide. He has the size to match up with bigger wideouts and tight ends and the quickness to mirror smaller pass-catchers." -- Daniel Jeremiah
"Blue-collar defender with a high IQ and versatile game. Fitzpatrick flashed Pro Bowl potential at any spot in the secondary (corner, nickel and safety), which makes him a 'must have' for teams looking for chameleons in the back end." -- Bucky Brooks
"A versatile defender who can play every position in the secondary, Fitzpatrick will be a leader for Nick Saban's impressive defensive group in 2017." -- Chad Reuter
"Although Fitzpatrick is effective in any secondary role, it's at cornerback where he gives UA the most value." -- Chase Goodbread
Where do fans rank Fitzpatrick?
We asked Twitter users who they considered the best player in college football. Fitzpatrick is the one player our analysts and the fans agreed on. He received enough support to finish 14th in the fan voting, which is where he lands in the analyst vote, too.