April 10, 2016
15.) Dezmond Fitzpatrick – Louisville, WR, MI, 6’2” 195–Pounds
Fitzpatrick was a consensus 4 star. He earned Detroit News Free Press Dream Team All State 1st team honors as a split end (WR) and 2nd team honors as a corner back, Detroit News 1st Team All Metro North, MLive Detroit Area Player of the Year, MLive Dream Team homors, 1st Team All League (KLAA), MiPrep Zone Division 1 & 2 All State Honors, was one of four finalist for State Champs Mr. Football, and was nominated for Michigan’s Gatorade “Player of the Year.”
All of these honors were based on his ridiculous Senior year production. Dez finished with 60 catches for 1,317 yards, and 23 receiving touchdowns. From the CB position, he snagged 7 picks, housing two of them, one from 90 yards out and the other from 99 yards, while swatting 12 passes, and compiling 50 tackles.
Louisville is a trendy sleeper pick in the ACC Atlantic this season and while they are stacked with talent at the WR position, they don’t have a player that can bring to the table what Fitzpatrick offers. He is one of the most complete route runners in this class so new offensive coordinator Lonnie Galloway doesn’t have to worry about teaching him the nuances of the Cards’ route tree. Also, Desmond brings that Detroit toughness to the field, something that the Cards will need, if they are going to compete against tough defensive backs the likes of which FSU, Houston, Boston College, and Clemson put on the field.
The bottom line is that Fitzpatrick is a physically imposing 6’2” 195 pound football player, lining up at WR, who brings a complete skill set to the Z position. As the season progresses, look for Des to take over the Z position, James Quick to slide to slot (W), and Jamari Staples to man the other flanker (X) position. On second thought, knowing Des and his pedigree, I wouldn’t be surprised to see that as the opening week WR situation week one against Charlotte. You heard it here first.