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2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Khyon Fitzpatrick, DB, University of New Haven

Khyon Fitzpatrick the standout defensive back from University of New Haven recently sat down with Justin Berendzen of NFL Draft Diamonds.
Khyon Fitzpatrick the standout defensive back from University of New Haven recently sat down with Justin Berendzen of NFL Draft Diamonds.
  • Name: Khyon Fitzpatrick
  • Position: DB
  • College: University of New Haven
  • Height: 6’0″
  • Weight: 205 lbs
  • Twitter: @Khyfitz1

What sets you apart from other defensive backs?

What sets me apart from other defensive backs is I don’t shy away from contact I love to hit. Also I find ways to cause turnovers in every way.

What type of energy do you bring onto the football field?

I bring the juice to the football field. I practice like it’s game day so game day is easier.

What made you decide you wanted to be a football player?

My uncle got me into football at a young age . I was 4 when I started ever since then I fell in love with the game. Being able to make my family proud keeps me going.

What are your favorite moments from your football life?

My favorite moments from my football life are winning a High School Championship and a NE-10 Conference Championship. I love being the underdog and coming out on top!

What do you think are the keys to success on the football field?

The major key to success on the football is watching film. The more film you watch and the more you learn your opponent the faster you play and that’s how you make plays by knowing what’s going on before it happens. It’s like studying for a test if you know all the answers you get an A.

If you could hang out with any football player past or present for a day who and why?

If I can hang out with any football player it would have to be Tyrann Mathieu. Heart over size straight dawg and he’s always around the ball. Some way, some how he always end up with the ball and I feel like I play the game the same way.

What should we know about Khyon Fitzpatrick the person?

Khyon Fitzpatrick is the person that can make any day a good day. He’s a person everyone likes to be around because he’s positive on and off the field. He has a dawg mentality for sure!

What is your favorite coverage and why?

My favorite coverage is cover 1 when I’m in the middle of the field lurking making the QB make a bad decision.

How do you handle challenges both in life and on the football field?

I handle challenges on and off the field with the slogan “It gets greater later”. Whatever you are going through right now if you put the work in that needs to been done the outcome will be greater than the struggle and that’s in everything I do.

What would a team get in a player like you?

The team that gets me is getting a player coming to work everyday to become the best player I could be and a team player with a championship mentality. I’ve won a championship on every level of football so far and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

How do you prepare for games?

I prepare for games by watching a lot of film. Studying players tendencies throughout the whole game how they do certain things, where they do it, when they do it, who they do it with and why. I make sure I get the proper sleep also.

What are you looking forward to in your upcoming season?

I am looking to double everything I did last year because if I don’t I feel like I didn’t progress staying at the same place.


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