WT: 204 lbs
High School: Waterford Mott (Farmington Hills, Mich.)
Athleticism: Good athleticism. Dez Fitzpatrick has a lot of tools that will translate to the next level very well. Very quick in his breaks and makes cuts with ease. He doesn’t show a lot of straight-line speed on the field, but he is a technician and knows how to create separation. Rumor is that Dez ran a 4.38 forty in Louisville drills in back-to-back years.
Release/Route Running: Fitzpatrick is a technician. He knows how to work corners off of the line of scrimmage, and use his breaks to create separation. He doesn’t show many limitations in press coverage. Route running could use a few slight modifications with a great coaching staff but is solid overall.
Catching Ability: Fitzpatrick has a natural pair of hands that allows him to not only make the routine catches but the contested catches in traffic. Possesses excellent concentration skills that allow him to focus on the catch and make circus-like plays.
Field Vision/Contact Balance: Dez Fitzpatrick is deadly after the catch. Shows natural awareness and understanding of the defensive schemes, knows where defenders are to quickly make moves and create after the catch.
Blocking Ability: Excellent blocker. Coaches rave about his ability and willingness to block and the unselfishness he shows by doing his duty for the team. Locks down defensive backs with his core strength and refined technique and pushes them out of the play.
Overall: The thing that stands out to me about Dez Fitzpatrick is the fact that he averaged 18.1 yards per catch last season. Upon watching the tape, he was used more like a quick route type of a receiver. Dez is a good prospect because he creates after the catch with strength, quickness, and speed. A coach’s son, Fitzpatrick would provide a team with advanced and refined techniques that would simplify using him in a good system. Dez is a very intriguing prospect, a day-two player in my opinion.