Welcome to Miami Minkah Fitzpatrick!


The Dolphins managed to get perhaps the top DB in the 2018 NFL Draft and stayed put at #11 to do it as well.  As usual, admittedly, Minkah wasn’t my pick, but also as usual, I can see why we got him.  I think it’s clear the FO, Gase, and defensive coaches alike, all felt like we don’t really have that deep safety.  Minkah is not only going to be a deep safety, he can cover in the slot, on the outside like a CB, and may possibly be the guy to cover TE’s.  We’ll see, not going to get too far ahead of myself here.

There are many positives to glean from this selection, he thoroughly solidifies our secondary, and our CB’s will look even better knowing they have a guy they can rely on to pick up deep receivers in our zone defense.  There’s also a negative.  We just signed safety T.J. McDonald to a 4YR/$24M contract through 2021. Why?  We have all-pro safety Reshad Jones, and if they wanted to draft a safety with our first pick, which is fine, why sign McDonald to a 4 YR contract.  The only thing that makes sense is that T.J. McDonald will be our hybrid S/LB and most likely nickel LB.  Can he handle that role?  We’ll find out this season, for better or for worse.  I’m not trying to knock the Fitzpatrick pick in the least, but I would love to see what the plan is, and ya know, hope there actually IS a plan.

In the meantime – Welcome to Miami Minkah Fitzpatrick, may you be blessed with a long and healthy career All-Pro career here in Miami!  Go #29!

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972 Responses to Welcome to Miami Minkah Fitzpatrick!

  1. ocalarob says:

    Royce Freeman still there???

  2. The Flying Pig says:

    Malik Jefferson is still in on the board

  3. Randy says:

    These days, you are almost always picking between a receiving TE and a blocking one. It’s rare to find a guy who is truly really good at both. Gesicki and Goedert are actually pretty similar. Neither is much of a blocker. The big thing for me is one did it against the Big Ten and one did it against guys who were closer to HS players. If you’ve ever actually spent time around players at these different levels, you can see the difference immediately.
    I’m not saying small school guys can’t be successful, of course they can…and have. But, I picture him playing against a kid like Fitzpatrick, and I don’t see the same result in my head. He might be a beast, but I just gotta see it against high end talent before I can buy in. I’ve seen Gesicki do it. Goedert is a Midwest guy, and I am rooting for him. I’ll be following his career. I would have been fine either way…just more comfortable with Gesicki at this point.

  4. Tim Knight says:

    Drake and Gore will probably combine for 350 rushes in 2018, just saying.

  5. Brian in NY says:

    Damn Jets pick in front of us this round.

  6. The Flying Pig says:

    There goes carter

  7. son of a son of a shula says:

    Aww there goes Carter to the Giants

  8. naplesfan2010 says:

    oh well Carter is a good one but we are stacked at DE and NY really needs one.

  9. Brian in NY says:

    Wonder if Giants go QB

  10. Randy says:

    Did you like Carter? I did.

  11. days64 says:

    Ross loves him some Michigan guys… Hanging in there for Mo Hurst!

  12. naplesfan2010 says:

    Is that Houston’s first pick?
    Justin Reid is a good safety,
    but we are now royally loaded at Safety. 🙂

  13. naplesfan2010 says:

    There’s a DT gone but not one I totally wanted.

  14. Rhino says:

    Hurst, Phillips, and (ahem) Randolph still available as we are now the 4th pick up

  15. The Flying Pig says:

    My list

    Malik Jefferson
    Ian Thomas
    John Kelly

  16. Brian in NY says:

    If we want a QB a decent one should be there for us.

  17. herdfan says:

    I’ve been away for a bit. Who are you days64?

  18. naplesfan2010 says:

    Fred Warner is another good player that i was hoping for in the 4th. Oh well.

  19. Brian in NY says:

    Denver grabs Rudolph?

  20. The Flying Pig says:


  21. mf13ss says:


  22. sb7mvp says:

    bye bye Royce

  23. naplesfan2010 says:

    DAMN I wanted Royce to drop to us in the 4th also

  24. Rhino says:

    Oregon has produced some decent RBs lately

  25. The Flying Pig says:

    Now I want to wait until the 4th for a RB

    I hope we take Falk, Hurst or Phillips now

  26. Brian in NY says:

    I’m feeling QB for us.

  27. naplesfan2010 says:

    Well Kalen Ballage is still out there.

  28. mf13ss says:

    Unless the stej trade down to somebody, we’ve got a GOOD SHOT to get a high-caliber backup for Tannehill (Mason Rudolph).

  29. Rhino says:

    if we can get Rudolph in 3rd we are getting a really good value. Jets won’t take QB so Rudolph is ours if we want him.

  30. naplesfan2010 says:

    didn’t want no guy from no ft hays state

  31. wyoming85 says:

    Come on down Mankins!

  32. Rhino says:

    pick is in

  33. son of a son of a shula says:

    Randy, yeah I like Carter he was one of the better players on the board heading towards our pick

  34. The Flying Pig says:

    They just went to commercial

  35. Brian in NY says:

    Of course, right to commercial

  36. Ken says:

    Of course commercial

  37. Ken says:

    I am guessing Hurst

  38. The Flying Pig says:

    I know the pick already (it’s on twitter)
    I couldn’t resist

  39. Rhino says:

    Ken, is the OU vs OSU thing kicking in? 🙂

  40. son of a son of a shula says:

    They’re saying a lot of teams took Hurst off their board because of his heart condition

  41. The Flying Pig says:

  42. mf13ss says:

    Jerome Baker!!!!

  43. Rhino says:

    ok. Baker. nice. a bit of a reach (?) but his buddy will be happy. Let the competition begin at LB

  44. sb7mvp says:

    what’s the word on baker?

  45. Ken says:

    There is our LB

  46. Tim Knight says:

    There’s your quick new era LB. Solid pick.

    • The Flying Pig says:

      He wasn’t on any of our radars
      But he’s the same kind of player as Skai Moore who is what I was thinking

  47. son of a son of a shula says:

    Man we love OSU linebackers

  48. naplesfan2010 says:

    That is a great pick … that guy is a tough MF.

  49. Rhino says:

    I saw a few mocks who had Baker to Fins in 2nd even though he had a late 3rd grade. I guess we’ll target Falk in 4th. Can’t believe I totally forgot about Baker (chasing shiny QBs and all) lol

  50. naplesfan2010 says:

    He’s a 4.5 40 guy as well.
    We needed a LB like this guy. This is Roquan on the cheap.

  51. naplesfan2010 says:

    in 2016. He garnered honorable mention All-Big Ten honors, making 83 tackles, 9.5 for loss, and 3.5 sacks while starting 12 of 13 games. He also intercepted two passes, including one against Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield that he returned 68 yards for a score; Baker also had seven tackles, 1.5 for loss, in that contest.

  52. herdfan says:

    days64 says:
    April 27, 2018 at 9:42 pm (Edit)
    Steve from southern Indiana… Home of Bob Griese

    Welcome to the blog.

  53. Ken says:

    So far we have 3 guys that can start day or see serious playing time right out of the gate

  54. Tim Knight says:

    The Dolphins are getting faster in all phases. Another big school guy.

  55. Randy says:

    I hate OSU more than any college, but they produce good players….the assholes,

  56. Rhino says:

    Fitzpatrick, Gesicki, Baker
    drafting some ballers!!

  57. wyoming85 says:

    “He’s fast and athletic and all that, but he just doesn’t have much grit to his game. He’s just not tough. No dog. I like them to be fast but I will take tough over fast any day.” — AFC defensive coach


  58. mf13ss says:

    RUDOLPH to the Stealers*!!!

  59. Brian in NY says:

    Ugh. To the Steelers

  60. sb7mvp says:

    so we just drafted TJ McDonald?

  61. naplesfan2010 says:

    Man speed speed speed …
    This guy can cover TEs as he is faster than most of ’em and just as fast as all the big RBs.
    He’s 6’1 229 which would be a nice-sized RB.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Every move we’ve made in the offseason and draft has been about speed. It’s been the mission since Gase got here. We’re a really fast team on both sides of the ball.

      Now go look at the size too.

  62. Brian in NY says:

    Did Chris Mortenson have a stroke?

  63. The Flying Pig says:

    I guess we really want to stop those 3rd down conversions

  64. The Flying Pig says:

    After the baker pick, M13’s suggestion to trade McDonald makes a lot more sense to me

    But what can you get for him?

  65. son of a son of a shula says:

    He’s Telvin Smith

  66. Randy says:

    I agree with that snippet on Baker, but it’s just kind of the way the NFL is going these days. Coverage ability is trumping just about everything else on the edge. Baker isn’t gritty, but he doesn’t really play soft. He’s a space guy….and he might be really good on blitzes.
    I am such a positive poster!!!

  67. Brian in NY says:

    I wonder if we’re going to trade up into the 3rd for Falk

  68. naplesfan2010 says:

    Now this is a guy from one of the premier programs in the US.
    I hate trying to grow up small school guys to NFL level.
    This guy is a starter in the f’in Big 10.

    • naplesfan2010 says:

      Baker played in 33 games and started 25 times. Baker led the Buckeyes in tackles in 2017 with 72 total stops, and he finished his career 158 tackles. Included was 17.5 tackles-for-loss and seven sacks. He also had two interceptions, three fumble recoveries and two pass break-ups.

  69. wyoming85 says:

  70. naplesfan2010 says:

    Welcome Days.
    The other guys on here are some of the greatest you could read.
    24/7 football education.

  71. Ken says:

    In terms of QBs Falk, White, Lauletta and Benkert all still out there

  72. The Flying Pig says:

    There hoes Gallup

  73. herdfan says:

    days64 says:
    April 27, 2018 at 9:54 pm (Edit)
    Thanks been around for some time… Love reading everyone’s insights, You guys are my go to place for everything Dolphins news / rumors.

    Always good to see new folks on here. We seem to piss people off with some regularity so we have to restock. 😂

  74. pheloniusphish says:

    Good draft so far.

    Infinity Wars is awesome.

  75. wyoming85 says:

    Jump in anytime!
    The waters cold as hell and full of—–Well you’ll find out! 😉

  76. Randy says:

    Welcome days. Good luck! Lol

  77. naplesfan2010 says:

    Notable: Baker makes big plays in big games. He returned an interception 68 yards for a touchdown to give the Buckeyes a 14-0 lead at No. 14 Oklahoma in 2016. He had 13 tackles in an overtime win at No. 8 Wisconsin in 2016. He had a then-career-high 15 tackles against No. 3 Michigan, plus a critical interception late in the third quarter with Ohio State down by 10, in the 2016 win over Michigan. And he had a career-high 16 tackles in the 2017 Big Ten championship game win over Wisconsin.

  78. Tim Knight says:

    All three prospects we drafted are 4.5ish or sub 4.5. SPEED!!!! DB, TE and LB. Like Fonzie would say, aye!!!! 😉

    • naplesfan2010 says:

      also all 3 are good runners of the ball … long pick 6es by both D guys and Gesicki looks like a frickin giant antelope.

      • Tim Knight says:

        We drafted speed on defense to cover guys and also added a TE that other teams have to worry about. It’s not easy to cover 6-6 250, 4.55 and athletic. Who’s doing that?

  79. Ken says:

    I have a feeling Orlando Brown is going to be really good. I know he bombed at the combine but I have watched a lot of OU football and he was a stud

  80. ocalarob says:

    Filled a need with Baker, he makes 7 LBers on the team

  81. The Flying Pig says:

    Where has Tradypants been?

  82. naplesfan2010 says:

    we still have some good DTs out there. I know it’s a long way to go till our late 4th round picks, but we need to get a DT in that round.

    You guys can have your QB in the 4th if you want one, although I don’t think we need one.
    I’d prefer a RB to go with the DT we need.

  83. The Flying Pig says:

    Arden Key went really late

    • rich0322 says:

      Yea, I didn’t like Key or Landry as possible 1st rounders back in January, and it looks like the GMs ultimately agreed.

  84. The Flying Pig says:

    LSU needs to do a better job with their athletes

    All their athletes have character issues

  85. Tim Knight says:

    If we stay healthy we will skull fuck the Pats and the rest of the division. LOL

  86. Tim Knight says:

    To me Jerome Baker in the 3rd rd is the same as Jimmy Johnson drafting Derrick Rodgers back in the day. Same type of 4-3 WOLB.

  87. Ken says:

    Well this almost done. I will miss most of tomorrow’s draft. So it is up to you guys to get us Falk. I am entrusting to do that so don’t let me down

  88. Tim Knight says:

    Mike Hull is going to have a tough time making this team this year. He might hang on as the 6th LB/STs guy. That’s a good thing.

  89. Ken says:

    Bills going DT still no OL

  90. naplesfan2010 says:

    Damn now i’ve lost my chance at 3 of my fave remaining DTs:
    Derrick Nnadi, Harrison Phillips, and Deadrin Senat.

  91. stangerx says:

    Never had a clue who Jerome Baker was before tonight….but he is fast and athletic. Seems to be a theme on D these days. Maybe they have something in mind.

  92. olddolphan says:

    CONGRATS TO MANITOBA as his Winnipeg Jets just won in Nashville 4-1, despite getting out shot by almost 3-1. Connor Hellebuycek was sensational in goal for the Jets, stopping 47 of 48 shots!!–
    Tomorrow at 3 PM the Lightning host the Bruins in what promises to be a hard hitting game between two teams that genuinely dislike each other. Bruin players are promising to out-hit the host team. We’ll see which team gets a leg up in this Eastern Conference semi-final series.
    For the second year in a row, the Dolphins will wait until Day 3 of the draft to address their O-Line needs. No O-Line players are left on the board among the top 20 listed in the pre-draft mocks. Just ONE O-Line injury during the preseason could leave Miami in a REAL MESS similar to last year. But, then, the DOOFUS BRIGADE has seldom learned from their past mistakes, so why should they learn now?? Fitzpatrick and Gesicki are nice additions. But this team is still A LONG WAY from being a Super Bowl contender, even though the schedule seems a bit easier this season.

  93. Tim Knight says:

    So two 4th rd picks tomorrow – QB, DT or OL?

    Followed by a 6 and two 7’s.

    Really like our first 3 picks.

    • The Flying Pig says:


    • steveccnv says:

      The first 2 were who I wanted, Baker sounds like a good need pick.

      Cote says TJs days are numbered, but that’s weak reporting. Small cap hit in 2019, if he doesn’t fit at other positions, but put him on the field first and let’s see how it works out.

      Can’t wait to see our new D in action, 3 new studs counting Raekwon and the mighty Quinn makes 4.

  94. Krishna says:

    Wow…3 starters, seem-threat te, db, and lb in first 3 rounds, I hope and pray. That’s awesome. Speed to cover our nemesis te’s and slots, lb’s and db’s for box, blitzing, gaps, and sidelines. AND, athletic, fast te with mismatch written all over him all over field, including red zone.

    Boy, am I a Homer or what?

  95. son of a son of a shula says:

    Tre’quan Smith Wr UCF went at pick 91 to the Saints

    Jordan Akins TE UCF went at pick 98 (compensatory) to the Texans

    Third round for both is much higher than I expected.
    So when Shaquem gets picked he’ll be the 4th Knight off the board.

  96. son of a son of a shula says:

    We better be able to score points and stop the run or all speed on D won’t mean anything.

  97. wyoming85 says:

  98. Krishna says:

    Rb, ol and dl depth, maybe QB today.

  99. Mike E. says:


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