2018 NFL Draft: Miami Dolphins national draft grades are in

Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

DAVIE — Most mock drafts had Minkah Fitzpatrick going much higher than 11th overall, where he fell, to the Miami Dolphins.

Fitzpatrick is a potential Pro Bowl safety, though he is a safety, where Miami already has two highly-paid veterans.

Here’s how the Fitzpatrick pick went over with some national media organizations:

NFL.com (Chad Reuter): B

“The Dolphins didn’t go get a top-notch quarterback, instead waiting to see if Ryan Tannehill returns healthy and productive. We’ll see if they pick a QB later as a backup plan. I can’t blame them for taking Fitzpatrick, though, as he will push Miami’s defense — not just secondary — to another level.”

CBS Sports (Pete Prisco): B+

“They get a Malcolm Jenkins type of player. He can do so many things well, but where does he play?”

Bleacher Report: (Mike Tanier): A

“Fitzpatrick is the best nickelback prospect in NFL history. (Tyrann Mathieu had character concerns and was also used on offense, confusing his draft profile.) He’s exactly the defender teams need to counter the (run-pass option) and mix-and-match tactics in the slot, because his ability to attack the backfield will make offenses account for him, rather than vice-versa. He also has excellent play-recognition skills and the quickness to regroup after play-fakes. While no one human can cover both Tyreek and Gronk in the slot, Fitzpatrick has the size and speed to move outside or to deep safety so a quicker defender can slide to the nickel. Fitzpatrick never has to leave the field on defense. Fitzpatrick is a cross between the Honey Badger and Malcolm Jenkins. He’s the vanguard of a new type of defender that the NFL needs more of. He should have been drafted higher.”

Sports Illustrated (Andy Benoit): B-

“Fitzpatrick is arguably the most versatile defender in this draft, and he’s joining defensive coordinator Matt Burke’s somewhat traditional zone scheme. Will the scheme expand? Burke has made great use of veteran Reshad Jones’s unique blitzing ability. Fitzpatrick must be employed in those packages; he dominated as an edge blitzer in college. He can also slide down and cover the slot, presenting an option for replacing No. 3 corner Bobby McCain, whom some in the organization believe is rock-solid and others think doesn’t make enough big plays. Big plays shouldn’t be a concern with Fitzpatrick. It’ll be interesting to see where he operates in base situations as a rookie. Most likely, he’ll be interchangeable in centerfield and the box, like Jones, with whom he’ll pair for the next several years.”

SB Nation (Dan Kadar): A+

“Miami probably never thought Fitzpatrick would be available with the 11th pick. In that regard they got a little lucky. Sometimes that happens in the draft. The Dolphins are another team that needed a playmaker on defense. Fitzpatrick can do a little bit of everything. He was used a lot in the slot, but he’s good in single high coverage and he can come up against the run. This guy has everything you want in a star player.”

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