No need to beat around the bush. The Dolphins went into the 2018 draft with definite needs. The 2 most glaring needs being at linebacker and tight end. Not only did they address these needs, they doubled down on them. They didn’t just take one tight end and linebacker, they took two of each!
Miami started the night off selecting arguably the best safety in college football, Minkah Fitzpatrick out of Alabama.
Dolphins GM Chris Gire had this to say about their new first-round pick: “Impeccable character. At the end of the day, this guy is a football player, creates turnovers.”
Great intangibles are just part of the package that Fitzpatrick brought as a top-notch prospect. Along with his versatility in the secondary, he’s a high-character player who’s willing to do what it takes to succeed.
“A little different skill set than the other two guys. We’ll see how it will all play out.”
Day 2 of the Miami Dolphins NFL draft did not disappoint.
As expected by many, the Dolphins selected Mike Gesicki a 6’6 249 pound TE out of Penn State. At 22 years of age, Gesicki, a former Basketball player, had been considered as a first round talent by many scouts.
His only knock was for a lack of blocking ability. Dolphins GM Chris Grier had nothing but praise for Gesicki, seemingly not too worried about his blocking, or lack thereof.
It’s the NFL Draft. Christmas for football fans. You hold your breath for that one split second while the name is called. Waiting for your gut reaction to kick in, ignoring the fear, thinking to yourself “Just don’t blow it”.
Then, exhaling in a sigh of relief that maybe, just maybe, this is the guy that will come and start to turn your team around.
The Dolphins selected at 11. Kinda mid-pack, which is where Miami seems to be every year. After the flurry of quarterbacks, some very talented guys dropped down the board, leaving Miami several players to choose from. A top 5 talent at 11…fans were poised and ready.
As the name Minkah Fitzpatrick, a cornerback from Alabama, rang out, the joy on many Dolphins fans faces became very obvious. Finally, the Dolphins selected an impact guy! Seeing fans unite and actually come together to enjoy this pick is a rare sight, not seen for many years down here.
Minkah Fitzpatrick who is 6-foot, 204 pounds was coached by arguably the greatest college football coach in history, although, not such a popular fella down here in South Beach, former Dolphins head coach Nick Saban. Saban had nothing but praise for this young man, and many in the Saban circle said that trait is rare to see coming from this particular coach.
Dolphins coaches raved about his extraordinary versatility. “He was a targeted player,” Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said. “Smart. Loves football. One of Nick Saban’s favorite players. Been a very good player for three years. Unique. He creates turnovers. He has had touchdown returns. We felt we could not pass on him.”
I like this kid, and I love this pick. Now onto round 2, which many Dolphins fans feel this is the pick that the Fins seem to struggle with.
The Miami Dolphins opened their 2017 season against the Los Angeles Chargers with a win using a balanced offensive attack that saw Jay Ajayi grind out 122 yards and newly acquired Quarterback Jay Cutler go for a respectable 24/33 with one touchdown and no interceptions. Taking full advantage of Miami’s outstanding Wide Receiving core that saw former first round pick Davante Parker with four catches for 85 yards.
Rounding off the attack was Dolphins Field Goal kicker Cody Parkey. After hitting his first three field goal attempts, the Jupiter Florida native hit a crucial fourth field goal from 54 yards with 1:05 to play in the fourth quarter, giving Miami it’s first lead of the game with a 19-17 score.