Miami Dolphins make Minkah Fitzpatrick their 2018 first round selection

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The Green Bay Packers now hold the 14th pick in tonight's NFL Draft, but they are one of the teams trying to move up to get their guy, and according to Matt Miller of Bleacher Report that guy is Minkah Fitzpatrick of the Alabama Crimson Tide.

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He had a school-record four interception returns for touchdowns at Alabama and gives the Dolphins a playmaker in the secondary, where he'll be paired with Pro Bowl safety Reshad Jones.

Fitzpatrick was a three-year starter who played corner, safety, and nickel extensively for the Crimson Tide.He's among the most decorated players of the Nick Saban era at Alabama. "I'm excited to see where I'm going to land ... it's just an honor to know you're finally going to get rewarded for all your hard work".

"He's a unique kid", Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said.

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"I just kept my faith", Fitzpatrick said to ESPN in reference to Hurricane Irene, which struck his home in Old Bridge in 2011. "He does a lot of things really well".

"I'd say a couple different things [allowed me to play multiple positions]: One is my athleticism. I think he's a perennial Pro Bowler-type of guy, and I think he'll be a first-class professional as far as the way he carries himself, and I'm looking forward to watching him develop at the next level". "They kind of allowed me to move around and be a chess piece as you say, or a Swiss Army knife as you say". He also racked up five sacks, nine interceptions, and 24 passes defended.

Fitzpatrick - a two-time NCAA champion at Alabama sported three championship rings on draft night.

"I gotta fill the rest of them", he said when asked about the rings.



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