2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: WR Dez Fitzpatrick

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Louisville wide receiver Dez Fitzpatrick had a productive but not always flashy college career. He was a steady producer for the Cardinals across four seasons. While the quarterback play was erratic following Lamar Jackson’s departure in 2017, Fitzpatrick was a steady presence that proved to be a reliable target. While he isn’t the most dynamic athlete, Fitzpatrick is a physical receiver that is a technician as a route-runner. His ability to be deceptive in his route stems sets up opportunities to create leverage, get open, and make plays. His ball skills are terrific and he knows how to finish in contested situations. He’s competitive after the catch and brings the fight as a blocker. The concern with Fitzpatrick is his modest athletic profile and expanding route tree. He isn’t overly dynamic or twitchy, so relying on technique will be critical. In addition, there were stretches in every season at Louisville where Fitzpatrick would fade and not make an impact. Fitzpatrick has the ability to be a top-four receiver in an NFL offense. 

Ideal Role: Wide receiver 3/4.

Scheme Fit: West Coast.

Written by Joe Marino 

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Joe Marino

Senior NFL Draft Analyst

Joe Marino is a Senior NFL Draft Analyst at TDN. Marino comes to TDN after serving as a draft analyst for NDT Scouting, FanRag Sports and Draft Breakdown dating back to 2014. In 2017, Marino became a Huddle Report Mock Draft Champion when he produced the most accurate mock draft in the world.

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