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Pro Football Focus ranks Minkah Fitzpatrick fifth among safeties in the league

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Over the last few weeks, Pro Football Focus has been releasing their top 32 players at each respective position and today they revealed their safety rankings. PFF had Minkah Fitzpatrick ranked fifth among safeties in the NFL, which seems low for someone who has been first-team All-Pro the last two seasons.

"Since moving to Pittsburgh and being allowed to play his natural position, Fitzpatrick has blossomed into one of the best safeties in the NFL," Sam Monson of PFF wrote. "Some of that play is built off the back of a couple of exceptional games, but he now has nine picks and 11 pass breakups over the last two seasons, including the playoffs."

PFF having Harrison Smith, John Johnson III and Marcus Williams over Fitzpatrick just doesn't make much sense. I'd give them Justin Simmons at No. 1, but Fitzpatrick should at least be No. 2 on their list. In addition, Smith at No. 2 seems a little high, as I can think of several safeties who I'd rank higher.

Eddie Jackson should also be ranked a lot higher, as PFF ranked him 23rd on their list. Jackson has the most defensive touchdowns in the NFL since 2017 with six. Fitzpatrick is tied for the third with four defensive touchdowns. So, as you can see, there are some flaws with PFF's safety rankings.


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