Fitzpatrick becomes the seventh defensive back the Dolphins have selected in the first round, joining Don McNeal (1980), Louis Oliver (1989) Troy Vincent (1992), Jamar Fletcher (2001), Jason Allen (2006) and Vontae Davis (2009).
Fitzpatrick is a stellar blue-chip prospect who should make an immediate impact on the Dolphins roster and improve the defense considerably.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Wednesday the Packers want a "top-tier" talent and they're ready to move up to get one.
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"I'm trying to fill the rest of those fingers up", Fitzpatrick said flashing a big smile. He'll be paired with Pro Bowl safety Reshad Jones.
Having played all over the Crimson Tide secondary the past three seasons, including at safety after a late-season injury forced a midseason move in 2016, Fitzpatrick's versatility could be seen as a benefit for the Dolphins.
"He's a Swiss Army knife", general manager Chris Grier said. "He does a lot of things really good", Grier said. "He gives your defense a chance to be flexible and do a lot of different things".
Miami took Fitzpatrick over Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds and Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea despite glaring needs at those positions. The selection of will allow Miami to move McDonald to linebacker in base and sub packages, which seemingly eliminates Miami's need to take a weakside linebacker. He started the final eight games at safety a year ago. "We talked to a couple of teams about maybe moving up or down, but nothing real serious". It was the Arizona Cardinals however who may have stolen the Dolphins top choice. Ridley also caught at least one pass in all 43 games of his career at Alabama, which was the third-longest active streak in the NCAA at the end of the 2017 season.