And the first round of the 2018 NFL draft is in the books. By the end there were 16 trades that took place to make up the 32 picks of the first round.
The Miami Dolphins did not make one of those trades. As much as many fans and analysts thought Miami might trade up to go after one of the top QBs of the draft they stayed put and let the draft come to them.
Honestly up to the moment the Arizona Cardinals traded up to pick ten I thought quarterback Josh Rosen from UCLA was on his way to Miami. Once that happened I wondered if the Dolphins would trade down for more picks.
But no they stayed put at 11 and went BPA. And the did get the best player available in Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. Two time all-american, Jim Thorpe award winner. Fitzpatrick is a fierce playmaker with 4.46 speed, nice hands and perhaps most importantly great range.
“He’s a Swiss army knife” Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said of Fitzpatrick.
That flexibility will be welcomed. The Dolphins had the 29th ranked defense in the league year. They were especially susceptible to athletic tight ends. Fitzpatrick should do a lot to help in that area.
With safeties Reshad Jones and T.J. McDonald some may wonder where they would play Fitzpatrick. But with Jones being thirty and McDonald 27 the infusion of youth can help.
Fitzpatrick could easily play free safety or the slot. There is nothing saying the Dolphins could not use a 4-2-5 package at times to get all three of their talented safeties on the field at the same time.
In the first round the Dolphins certainly added a nice dose of talent and athleticism to their defensive unit. Now to see what they do on the offensive side.