With the No. 11 choose within the 2018 NFL Draft, the Dolphins chosen Minkah Fitzpatrick, defensive again out of Alabama.
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Chris Trapasso: Swiss Army knife at the second and third degree of the protection. Tall, lengthy, and athletic. Effective blitzer. Solid ball expertise and skill to run with wideouts. Best as security or in off-man protection.
Charlie Potter, BamaOnLine: A five-star prospect out of Old Bridge, N.J., Fitzpatrick was inserted into Alabama’s lineup as a real freshman and shortly grew to become a fan favourite on the Crimson Tide’s protection. The versatile defensive again began out at Star in Alabama’s nickel protection, which is its most-used formation, but additionally stuffed in at cornerback and security, particularly when Eddie Jackson’s school profession ended with a damaged leg. Winning a nationwide championship as a real freshman and enjoying for one other in 2016, Fitzpatrick intercepted eight passes in his first two seasons and returned half of them for touchdowns, displaying his playmaking potential from the beginning.
That potential solely blossomed coming into his junior yr, because the do-it-all defensive again performed three completely different positions — security, Star and Money — because the face of Nick Saban’s 2017 protection. He did not put up the identical interception numbers this previous season, however Fitzpatrick was all around the area (eight.zero tackles for loss, eight.zero move breakups) and fought via accidents to finally win the Jim Thorpe and Chuck Bednarik Awards, be named a unanimous All-American and win his second nationwide title in three years. He leaves Tuscaloosa as arguably the most effective defensive again of the Saban period – an period that has seen 14 defensive backs taken within the NFL Draft.