With the 11th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select:
Minkah Fitzpatrick – S – Alabama
H: 6’0″ / W: 204lbs
NFL Player Comparison*: Antrel Rolle
- Quick feet/ability to change direction
- Great closing speed
- Good range
- Ball hawk
- Needs to play wiser, not faster
- Better as a safety than a corner; can improve coverage skills
Fitzpatrick completes the secondary for the Miami Dolphins, while also providing a boost to the linebacking unit. His ability to find the ball and close down on a play is exceptional, though he will occasionally run himself out of a play by attacking too aggressively. He is a physical tackler, though can improve on wrapping up his opponent. By drafting a safety that can roam centerfield, the Dolphins now have the ability to put either TJ McDonald or Reshad Jones (or both) down in the box to follow the RB, cover a TE or spy on the QB. The Dolphins defense instantly improves in two positions, and allows them to take the best player available while also filling a need.
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The Dolphins are slotted to pick 10th in the 2nd round (42nd overall).
*Player comparisons courtesy of NFL.com