Former Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick outperforming all other NFL first-round rookies
The Miami Dolphins selected Minkah Fitzpatrick with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. The way he’s playing at the moment, he should have easily gone in the top 10.
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Fitzpatrick is playing absolutely lights out this preseason. In three games, quarterbacks have only been able to complete three passes to receivers he’s covered and those completions went for a measly 14 yards.
Based on the player grades at Pro Football Focus, Fitzpatrick is the highest-graded first-round rookie.
#Dolphins Minkah Fitzpatrick (@minkfitz_21) is our highest-graded 1st-round rookie through 3 games, allowing just 3 receptions for 14 yards on 7 targets
He's lined up at slot CB on 86% of his snaps the last 2 games, something he did 64% of the time in 2017 at Alabama#FinsUp pic.twitter.com/i7x6rg5jb3
— Ryan Smith (@PFF_RyanSmith) August 28, 2018
As the above tweet indicates, Fitzpatrick’s success could largely be credited to the Dolphins keeping him at the position he mostly played in college. Despite the fact that he’s listed as a safety, Fitzpatrick is playing slot corner more than 85 percent of the time this preseason.
Granted, it’s only the preseason, which means playing less than half a game and sometimes against backup players vying for jobs, but Fitzpatrick is in a much better position than the only other defensive back selected before him in 2018.
Former Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward went No. 4 to the Cleveland Browns. This week, Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams criticized Ward, saying he injured himself because of his ‘stupid’ tackling technique.