The Miami Dolphins selected Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick with the 11th overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft. The move gives the team a free safety who has the ability to play all over the field including cornerback, linebacker, and center field. He can cover tight ends and he should immediately improve the Dolphins in the AFC East when they face Rob Gronkowski twice a year.
The Dolphins will probably also look for ways to get Fitzpatrick on the field along with Reshad Jones and T.J. McDonald, providing a three-safety formation, with Fitzpatrick filling the “big nickel” role we used to see from Michael Thomas.
How did Dolphins fans and media react to the pick? We scour Twitter for the immediate reactions to Miami’s first round pick this season.
Welcome to the family, @minkfitz_21! #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/bM0TKbut37— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) April 27, 2018
The #Dolphins stay right where they were and take #Bama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick… a player they never thought would be there.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 27, 2018
I love Minkah Fitzpatrick almost as much as I do Roquan Smith. Just a football player. Corner, safety, whatever. Knows how to play. Competes. Always around the ball. Congrats, Dolphins.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) April 27, 2018
Great selection for the Dolphins. It fits if they move T.J. McDonald to to linebacker in the nickel package. Fitzpatrick can also work in the nickel.— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) April 27, 2018
Solid pick for the Dolphins, we really might go to the Super Bowl next season— Chad Michael Cabrera (@chadcabrera) April 27, 2018
Rosen, Allen, and Brady all in the Division. Makes sense that the Dolphins would take Fitzpatrick. I like the pick.— Willie Phistergash (@Phistergash) April 27, 2018
Dolphins finally done did sumin with they first round pick #PhinsUp— Rell™️ (@Dwise_3) April 27, 2018
Congrats @minkfitz_21 Miami Dolphins just got a good one! #BuiltByBama— JAMEL (@princeshawta) April 27, 2018
Since we couldn’t get Rosen, Minkah was the 100% right pick. Fuck hurt Dolphins fans. ♂️— MINKAH TO MIAMI SZN (@SadDolphins_Fan) April 27, 2018
Fitzpatrick to the @MiamiDolphins gives the defense a Swiss Army knife to match up with No.87 in NE. Versatile nickel defender with size and cover skills. Nice addition #NFLDraft— Bucky Brooks (@BuckyBrooks) April 27, 2018
Haha I ate early and want to throw up because the Dolphins didn't draft Derwin, so you might have made the better decision.— dt81089 (@dt81089) April 27, 2018
MINKAH HELL YEAH DOLPHINS!— Miami Bitch #3 (@Fairfield5) April 27, 2018
I’m not sure what’s happening. I … I’m happy (?) with who the Dolphins have drafted? This is confusing.— Rich (@RichAsInRichard) April 27, 2018
Dolphins picking Top 5 next year— Mikey Fajardo (@mikey_fajardo) April 27, 2018
The Dolphins just landed an All Pro playmaker and day one team leader. #RollTide https://t.co/ENel9ImADv— Jim Page (@jimpagejr) April 27, 2018
AFC East so far— Peter 'Gimpy' Lee (@KingxGimpy) April 27, 2018
Jets: Best overall QB in the draft
Bills: Most inaccurate QB in the draft
Dolphins: Best S in the Draft
They passed on Derwin.....I hate the Dolphins— #YeezyTaughtMe (@arenuart23) April 27, 2018
Now I’m not quite as upset that the dolphins didn’t get him. Still angry tho. Wasted that pick.— Nomar Garciapraxis (James Johnson Appreciator) (@EDsin954) April 27, 2018
Dolphins Twitter right now pic.twitter.com/NhCt8TPF5E— Big E (@ian693) April 27, 2018
Very happy w/the #Dolphins pick— Artimus Gilbert (@artg213) April 27, 2018
I hate the Dolphins so much. How you gonna pass on Derwin if he's sitting there?!?— #YeezyTaughtMe (@arenuart23) April 27, 2018
I can’t remember the last time I was really happy about the Dolphins first pick. I am ecstatic today! Joyous even— Nick Sabatino (@saba12_) April 27, 2018
Love the #Dolphins pick of Fitzpatrick. Really will help the defense and high character is a big bonus. #finsup— Chris Sciria (@csciria) April 27, 2018
Daw dolphins finally didn’t blow a 1st round draft pick— CG werve (@RaSwerve) April 27, 2018
The dolphins are the biggest joke in the NFL— emptybrain (@emptybraiin) April 27, 2018
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