Things to know about Miami Dolphins No. 1 pick Minkah Fitzpatrick

Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick hits LSU’s Russell Gage. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Meet the newest Dolphin, safety Minkah Fitzpatrick of Alabama, drafted with the 11th overall selection Thursday night:

• He had nine interceptions in his career and returned four for touchdowns.

• His selection means the Dolphins could team him with Reshad Jones at safety and move T.J. McDonald to linebacker.

• His home in New Jersey was destroyed by Hurricane Irene in 2011 and caused him to consider giving up football. “One time I told my family I would quit and just work and not go to school,” said Fitzpatrick, who was attending a private school at the time. He obviously stuck with his academics and football and says it “made me work harder rather than just giving up.” He credits his family’s faith with getting through the adversity. “God got us through some tough times, got us through as a family, as a unit.”

• Fitzpatrick was a starter for the Crimson Tide as a freshman and named a Freshman All-American, making 45 tackles, three for loss, with 11 pass break-ups.

• Despite his early success, Fitzpatrick had a somewhat rocky start to his college career. He said when he arrived at Alabama, coach Nick Saban was constantly riding him in practice. “Even when I made good plays, he was getting under my skin,” Fitzpatrick said. “I was making good plays and he was still yelling at me. He told me why he was that way, why he was hard on me. He said he realized how great I could be.”

• Fitzpatrick returned both interceptions against Texas A&M for touchdowns in 2015 and broke up two passes against Clemson in the title game.

• In 2016, Fitzpatrick led Alabama with six interceptions and 186 interception return yards.

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