Dolphins Hit A Home Run With Pick Of Minkah Fitzpatrick

I know many of us wanted Rosen to fall into our lap and we had good reason for that to happen. But, fate in its infinite wisdom decided to let the best safety in the draft fall to Miami at 11 and that's Minkah Fitzpatrick. Let’s face it, Reshad Jones is the real deal and will be with Miami for the next few years but TJ McDonald can be replaced at any moment. McDonald is an alright player in the grand scheme of things but Fitzpatrick is younger, faster, has good hands and just simply gets the job done. McDonald signed a big 4 year $24m contract before last season and that's all well in good but as we all know unless you're a QB, you can be moved at any time with this regime. It's also worth pointing out that there's been some talk of McDonald becoming some sort of Bebop and Rocksteady Secret of The Ooze type "hybrid" safety where he plays closer to the box. That be cool because that would allow Jones and Fitzpatrick to do their thing while letting McDonald be aggressive and not do as many things that fast people are asked to do.

Also, I know we're supposed to hate Saban and I do want to fight the guy at some point in my life, which I guess means I want to fight Minkah's dad, but Minkah has been playing on the field at Alabama since he was a freshman, something that doesn't happen very often at all there. This guy makes plays and that's something Miami desperately needs on defense. Not sure about you, but I always think that players from Alabama come into the league and just dominate. I know that isn't true but when you get a young guy from Bama you just think that you got a guy who can really play, that's just a cut above the rest. It just seems that Bama players just kick the crap out of everyone else so yes, I'll take all the Bama players.

Fitzpatrick comes in and starts right away. Where Miami goes from here, who the heck knows? Lot of really good players left. Personally, as everyone knows, I'd live Miami to finally get a real deal TE and I want that person to be Mike Gesicki but you could make the argument that they should go RB to help Drake and Gore and get a guy like Derrius Guice or Nick Chubb. You have the feeling that Miami will go offense with their next pick or at least I have that feeling. 

Regardless of how you feel, if you have a brain, you must be pleased with this pick and should feel decent enough that Miami is on their way to rule the AFC. That, or Miami just landed a tremendous bust. It's got to be one or the other.



  1. I think the most important thing for people to remember is that this player has championship pedigree. This is a guy who has done it consistently at the highest level for the best college team over the last 4 years. He played in the SEC which I believe is the best conference in College football and always shows up in big games. Well, every week is a big game in the NFL and this is the exact type of leader that this team needs. Was Rosen tempting? yes. I think if we really coveted him we would have secured the 10th spot to get him, so, this leads me to believe they have their eye on someone else in the draft and with that in mind Fitzpatrick was an excellent pick at 11.

    1. I agree. Next should be (I hope) a linebacker then running back. Should still be able to land a decent QB in the later rounds.

    2. By "decent QB" do you mean a perennial backup of the Matt Moore ilk? I sure don't see a future franchise QB in the remaining QB's.

    3. Brady and Wilson were picked in the later rounds. So were Starr and Untius.


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