Fitzpatrick joins a list that includes cornerback Kareem Jackson (Houston Texans, 2010); safety Mark Barron (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2012) and cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (Cincinnati Bengals, 2012); cornerback Dee Milliner (New York Jets, 2013); safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (Green Bay Packers, 2014); and cornerback Marlon Humphrey, who was the first Alabama player taken previous year when the Baltimore Ravens picked him at No. 16 overall.
It's possible the Dolphins were targeting Josh Rosen with this pick, but the Cardinals traded up in front of them in order to select the UCLA signal caller.
The wait for Minkah Fitzpatrick is over.
"He's like a Swiss army knife", Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said.
"The victories and awards are of course memorable, but they're only reflections of the time spent preparing", he wrote in a Thank you letter to fans published by The Player's Tribune. He does a lot of things really good. "His skill set gives your defense a chance to be flexible and do a lot of different things". That hole was obvious when, for example, Oakland tight end Jared Cook lit up the Miami defense for eight catches and 126 yards a year ago. He believes Fitzpatrick can cover tight ends because, "personally me, I think it's easier to cover a tight end than it is receivers". He had six in 2016 alone.
And it's not Reshad Jones who remains an excellent player and playmaker.
So although everyone is going to compete, the more likely due in 2018 would be Jones and Fitzpatrick on early downs with the rookie at free safety. Best as safety or in off-man coverage.
"My dream wasn't just to make it to the NFL, but to be a great player in the NFL", Fitzpatrick said.