Getting To Know Our Rookies: Minkah Fitzpatrick


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Miami Dolphins
Position: Safety
Personal information
Born: November 4, 1996 (age 21)
Old BridgeNew Jersey
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school: Jersey City (NJ) St. Peter’s Prep
College: Alabama
NFL Draft: 2018 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11
Career history
Roster status: Unsigned draft pick
Overview:

Fitzpatrick turns up the intensity level as high as it will go and rips off the knob until the game is over. Fitzpatrick has experience as a slot cornerback, but will likely be targeted as a “do-everything” safety who can be deployed as a sub-package linebacker, a blitzer or in the slot against big receivers and move tight ends. Fitzpatrick has consistently shined since his freshman season on Alabama defenses that have been loaded with NFL talent. His versatility, football character and desire to succeed should make him an early starter.

Strengths
  • Loves ball, lives ball
  • Extremely competitive play demeanor with a history of showing up big in the biggest games
  • Versatile chess piece with experience all over the field
  • Can step right in and cover the slot, play high safety or handle nickel linebacker responsibilities
  • Good feet with ability to transition backward and forward smoothly around the field
  • Gets to top chase speed quickly
  • Can become rangy safety
  • Able to stick a foot in ground and drive to the ball
  • Plays with “ball-man” vision of an off-ball defender in basketball
  • Has awareness from zone to make loads of plays
  • Has nine career interceptions and four pick-sixes
  • Has downhill mindset as a hitter
  • Plays off of blocks and into tackling position
  • Dangerous blitzer off the edge
  • Attacks line of scrimmage from high safety look in run support and welcomes physical challenges
  • Special teams ace with 22 career coverage tackles
Weaknesses:
  • Plays with some hip tightness that limits lateral agility in coverage
  • May not have pure cover talent to play full-time cornerback
  • Allows some separation out of breaks
  • Feet are more quick than explosive when chasing receivers from the top of the route
  • Still needs to improve his awareness when asked to play deep safety
  • Has to learn to dial back urgency and play with more patience on the next level
  • Comes in hot as tackler and will run himself out of position to finish
TDS Take:
I have a problem with this pick, not against this kid, I have no doubt he will be a solid player maybe even a pro bowl player, the issue I had was Miami did not need a Safety more than they needed a OLB and with my projected player on board OLB Tremaine Edmunds who I felt could develop into a very solid LB maybe even a perennial pro bowler, he would have completed our Defense. 
I see Minkah rotating early and eventually supplanting one of our Safeties or Nickel Corner Bobby McCain.
He has a very good pedigree coming from Alabama and will most likely get along well with fellow Alabama and starting  RB Kenyan Drake.
WELCOME TO MIAMI Minkah Fitzpatrick!

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