Former Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick will bring his polished pedigree to the Miami Dolphins after they selected him 11th overall in the first round of the 2018 National Football League draft Thursday. He's not much of a blocker (50.5 run-block grade in 2017 was career-high), but he had the highest contested-catch rate in the nation among tight ends (75.0 percent) and his long frame allows him to make spectacular catches. Gesicki isn't a stellar blocker, but he's a great receiving tight end with a high ceiling.
Gesicki went on to record 129 receptions, 1,481 yards and 15 touchdowns in his four-year career at Penn State and he credits his athleticism for his college production. "My best attributes are in the passing game, and I need to continue to develop on the other side".
The do-it-all defensive back played at multiple spots in Alabama's secondary past year, finishing with 60 tackles, eight for a loss, with 1.5 sacks, 3 quarterback hurries, eight pass breakups and an interception.
Smythe is arguably the best blocking tight end in the draft and the second player at the position the Dolphins have drafted this weekend.
"We had some insider trading with Raekwon", Grier said.
Fitzpatrick was the victor of the Bednarik and Thorpe awards which are given to the nation's top defensive player and defensive back, respectively.
McMillan suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first exhibition game a year ago but is expected to start in 2018.