Hyde5: Fitzpatrick fits what Dolphins wanted to help defense

Hyde5: Fitzpatrick fits what Dolphins wanted to help defense

Hyde5: Fitzpatrick fits what Dolphins wanted to help defense

Following the draft pick, former Miami Dolphins tight-end Randy McMichael tweeted the following.

The Dolphins took Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki and Ohio State linebacker Jerome Baker in the first three rounds.

"Jimmy Graham was not a good blocker coming out", Dolphins general manager Chris Grier told Miami reporters.

Gesicki figures to have an opportunity to play early with the Dolphins, who are thin at tight end.

Or does he want Fitzpatrick, the do-it-all defensive back and one of the safest picks in the draft?

"We didn't think any of the quarterbacks would make it to us", Grier said. "It is just a lot of possibilities".

Gesicki, a standout at Penn State should be an immediate starter for the Dolphins who are thin at tight-end. The New Jersey native ranked No. 4 nationally among tight ends in touchdown catches (9) and No. 3 in receptions (57) in 2017. They now have MarQueis Gray and A.J. Derby on the roster and opted to pass on top tight-ends in free agency.

His success came in his junior and senior seasons after a hard sophomore year where he struggled with drops.

That would change during the 2016-17 season when Gesicki became a prime target for quarterback Trace McSorley and one of the best receiving tight end in the nation.

Gesicki joins Saquon Barkley (Coplay, Pa.) as Penn Staters to hear their name called in this year's NFL Draft. Even at the next level, he will pose a matchup problem with his ability to high-point the ball and outleap his defenders. This year, there were six other schools with more than one player selected: College Football Playoff championship game runner-up Georgia with three, while Louisville, Notre Dame, Ohio State, UCLA and Virginia Tech were next with two each. Jason Cabinda, Grant Haley, Troy Apke, Brendan Mahon and Saeed Blacknall have also appeared in mock drafts.

Dolphins general manager Chris Grier noted that star National Football League tight end Jimmy Graham "was not a good blocker coming out".

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