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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:46 pm 
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Nice talking with you all during the draft. Below I have 5 (4 paid) subscription analysis on Fitzpatrick.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:59 pm 
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Minkah allows Miami to play base 43, nickel and big nickel and use the same personnel. That’s huge for disguising coverages, something Miami have been terrible at doing. Hard to underestimate the importance of that.

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Maybe Miami will cover a TE now


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:25 pm 
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Nice pick....


Too bad our offensive line still sucks and the run on linebackers hit later in the first round....so many holes to fill on this roster.


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#Dolphins GM Chris Grier at the podium here in Davie. Says Minkah Fitzpatrick is "one of Nick Saban's favorite players." Says he'll play safety. Saban and Adam Gase tight of course.

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Minkah is a good enough athlete to play any safety spot. He could definitely play FS, but he's probably most comfortable in the slot/box https://twitter.com/knee_pa/status/968976491718631424

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#DraftNotes: Alabama players frequently refer to Minkah Fitzpatrick as "Coach Saban's son". He's the only player that's ever made Saban smile. Fitzpatrick also is the only player Saban has ever allowed in coaches meetings to watch film on Sundays or the day after games.

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I wish Satan, er Saban, was still our coach.


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Minkah allows Miami to play base 43, nickel and big nickel and use the same personnel. That’s huge for disguising coverages, something Miami have been terrible at doing. Hard to underestimate the importance of that.

9:44 PM - Apr 26, 2018 · Hartlepool, England



My biggest concern with this pick is it is a player that can play, and will need to find a way to get him on the field...

History of this team is guys like this squander behind poor coaching and schemes...
I really hope Burke & his defensive staff had intentions of playing these schemes and needed personnel to do it...

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:23 am 
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Best case scenario pick for Miami outside of Mayfield and Darnold. On par with Roquan Smith in terms of the value he provides to the team immediately and in the long term.


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ESPN's Pros and Cons. I was actually happy the Cardinals leaped over us to get Rosen; otherwise, we would have had to draft him. I really liked Rosen, and the Cardinals didn't have to give up a lot to make that trade, but the concussion issues were a real worry ... especially with our track record in protecting quarterbacks.

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Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama

Why they did it: The Dolphins desperately needed help in pass defense, especially against tight ends. No team allowed more receptions by tight ends than the Dolphins did last season (94), and Fitzpatrick can only help in the effort toward improving that stat.

Biggest question: The Dolphins allowed themselves to be passed over for UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen, who went one spot ahead to the Arizona Cardinals. How will that decision look in a couple of years if Ryan Tannehill can't re-establish himself as the Dolphins' starter? -- Kevin Seifert


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I was hoping somehow we'd get Smith but I'm very happy with this pick. Even with all the talk about creatively using McDonald and Anthony at OLB, I'm still unsettled with our LB corps. Hopefully somebody good falls to us in the 2nd or 3rd.


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Phinished wrote:
I wish Satan, er Saban, was still our coach.


The way he left the Dolphins makes him a jerk in my book, but I loved him as our head coach. I think he would have found a way to win in the NFL, but he was losing the worship level that he enjoyed at the college level. He couldn't relate to the veterans, but you don't have to worry about that if you replace them with young players as Jimmy Johnson did at Dallas.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:58 am 
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I don't know many people who has watched more Alabama football than me, and if you have read anything I've posted about Alabama players coming to our beloved Fins, I sually shy away from it. Why? Saban uses them boys up.

That being said, Minkah is a baller. Hands down one of the better players to come through under the Saban era of football down here. Simply put he's a stud and he can play an assortment of roles for this team.

I was in the boat of "If Baker were to fall, I hope we take him, but if that don't happen then I hope Smith falls to us, if that don't happen, let's take Minkah if he falls." And that's what happened. So I'm happy to see him in a Fins uniform.


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k-dash wrote:
I was hoping somehow we'd get Smith but I'm very happy with this pick. Even with all the talk about creatively using McDonald and Anthony at OLB, I'm still unsettled with our LB corps. Hopefully somebody good falls to us in the 2nd or 3rd.


I was beyond thrilled with this pick. He's the qb for our defense. Could be the next Earl Thomas, just more versatile.

If we got Lorenzo Carter in the 2nd, I'd be a very happy Dolphins fan. I hope he's on their radar.
Shaquem Griffin is another guy I hope Miami has looked at.


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If you're thinking LB keep in mind Miami did a lot of home work on Fred Warner from BYU. 2nd Round projection.

Another guy who seemed to pop up late on their radar is Genard Avery from Memphis.

I still think they are going to wait on LB while focusing on offense tonight. Really hope they come away with a TE and QB.


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Fast, good hands, solid open field tackler, good technique in cover technique (plays the trail technique very well). Miami just drafted a day 1 starter on defense that will improve their defense. You have to like that. I think watching the film I was thrilled to see that he has great instincts. Some players have all the measurable but have terrible on field instincts. This guy has a nose for the football and gets there quick.


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jammer wrote:
If you're thinking LB keep in mind Miami did a lot of home work on Fred Warner from BYU. 2nd Round projection.

Another guy who seemed to pop up late on their radar is Genard Avery from Memphis.

I still think they are going to wait on LB while focusing on offense tonight. Really hope they come away with a TE and QB.


Miami also has McMillan coming back from injury and he was projected to be a day 1 starter prior to getting hurt.


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jammer wrote:
If you're thinking LB keep in mind Miami did a lot of home work on Fred Warner from BYU. 2nd Round projection.

Another guy who seemed to pop up late on their radar is Genard Avery from Memphis.

I still think they are going to wait on LB while focusing on offense tonight. Really hope they come away with a TE and QB.


Miami also has McMillan coming back from injury and he was projected to be a day 1 starter prior to getting hurt.


Absolutely. If TJ McDonald can be depended on to be a hybrid then the rotation isn't all that bad. You can create some crazy packages with him, Jones and Fitzpatrick all on the field at once.


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Great job at predicting this pick Jammer


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Nick Delucca - LB from NDSU would be worth a look in the later rounds. The guy was a monster on the best FCS school in the country for 5 years. The only year in the last 7 when NDSU didn't win the National Championship was the one year he was injured and did not play. They lost to the eventual champion in the semis.

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Been listening to 4 sports channels on satelite radio all day and not even a mention of this pick.

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If its not a QB, trade, multiple picks, Patriots, or John Elway, its probably not getting any love.


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While I would argue that Fitz was the BPA, when you go through all of our picks we drafted for need this year. Fitzpatrick was a huge need.

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No team filled a bigger hole with better value than the Dolphins with the selection of Alabama star Minkah Fitzpatrick, the most versatile and dependable defensive back in this draft.

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Check this out. It's only OTAs, but I think we got a steal at pick 11. The kid has a great athlete, has very good instincts, and studies film like a coach. I haven't been this excited about a first round draft pick since Tunsil.


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Big Dave wrote:
Check this out. It's only OTAs, but I think we got a steal at pick 11. The kid has a great athlete, has very good instincts, and studies film like a coach. I haven't been this excited about a first round draft pick since Tunsil.



Does this count as biting as a pup?


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This is how you make an impact as a rookie ... keep your coaches at work when everyone else has gone home.


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Safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. “He’s probably about as advertised,” Burke said. “He’s really sharp. He’s thirsty for knowledge and for more, and we’re trying to overload him a little bit. We keep giving him more and he keeps taking it. He spends a lot of extra time in the building on his own, working out and studying film."

So much so that Burke noticed Fitzpatrick spent 90 minutes with defensive backs coach Tony Oden on Tuesday night – until 9:30 p.m. – to get ahead on the playbook. That’s dedication.

“We are moving him around to some different spots and trying to play him in some different places to get a feel for sort of what his best fit is or what the best way to utilize him is, and he’s responded well,” Burke said. “He’s been around the ball. He’s got his hands on a few and been close on a couple of others. I’m excited to keep working with him, for sure.”


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More positive affirmations from NFL talent evaluators when discussing Minkah Fitzpatrick. I just LOVE this pick.

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1) The two evaluators say Minkah Fitzpatrick should not only elevate the Dolphins with his play, but in time he also should help lessen the mental mistakes that have plagued the Dolphins’ defensive backfield.

Fitzpatrick led Dolphins defensive backs in interceptions during the offseason program, according to teammate Cornell Armstrong.

Alabama coach “Nick Saban has a complicated scheme and he won’t tolerate guys that make mistakes and Fitzpatrick doesn’t,” the scout said. “I’ve seen Nick throw guys off the field who are too stupid to know their assignments.”

The longtime executive, who met with Fitzpatrick, was bowled over by him: “Very bright kid, sharp kid. He will run their defense [eventually]. He can be a modern day Eric Berry. He’s really one of the Dolphins’ best picks in a while. Very mature. You will love him.”

One scout said he and several other NFL scouts with whom he communicates “thought Fitzpatrick is better than Denzel Ward” – the Ohio State cornerback who went fourth overall to Cleveland.

Fitzpatrick’s work in the offseason program reinforced the staff’s belief that they made the right decision to draft him, even with owner Stephen Ross suggesting Miami trade down.


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