Minkah Fitzpatrick breaks down meeting with Jets
Cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick is the best of his class in the 2018 NFL Draft and is ready to take the league by storm. He recently met with the New York Jets and gave some interesting details on the sitdown.
The New York Jets have a lot of tough decisions to make heading into the 2018 NFL Draft but that all depends on what happens in free agency. If the Jets land some key players across positions of need, it would undoubtedly change their draft strategy. One thing is for sure, they’ll need a new cornerback or two this offseason and if they land a top free agent quarterback, they can use the No. 6 overall pick on one.
At the 2018 NFL Combine, the Jets met with several players, including the best cornerback of this year’s draft, Minkah Fitzpatrick out of Alabama. The Jets know that if he’s available for the taking when general manager Mike Maccagnan is on the clock, he would not only be an instant starter but would be a household name for years to come.
Yes, Fitzpatrick is that good. In just three years at Alabama, Fitzpatrick totaled 171 tackles, five sacks, and nine interceptions. Can you imagine the kind of impact he can have in the Jets secondary that is in dire need of talent? Especially once he’s partnered up with other young defensive backs like Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye?
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It’s a dream that could into reality if Fitzpatrick does end up getting drafted by the Jets. At the 2018 NFL Combine, Fitzpatrick had some very interesting comments on what transpired when he sat with officials of the Jets and head coach Todd Bowles. In an article written by Kristian Dyer of Metro, here is what Fitzpatrick had to say:
“It was a good meeting, it was the toughest meeting actually. They were grilling me, asking me a bunch of questions. Why I did something that way, why I did something else another way. They were getting me better in there,” Fitzpatrick told Metro. “I met with coach after. He said they ‘Always poke the good ones.’ See how we handle pressure. It was a good one.”
Whether it’s due diligence by the Jets or the fact that Fitzpatrick is on their draft board, bodes well for his chances of being a top-ten pick in this year’s draft. He has the skill-set to be a special player and if by some luck he ends up landing on the Jets, will turn their secondary into a major strength on defense. One of which they haven’t had in years led by a youth movement.