Dolphins draft Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick in first round

Dean Simpson
April 30, 2018

Gesicki is projected start for the Dolphins ahead of returnees MarQueis Gray, A.J. Derby and Thomas Duarte and newcomer Gavin Escobar. He could easily finish his rookie season as a TE2, but he should only be drafted in dynasty leagues.

"Mike took the adversity he had early in his career and used it as fuel to become one of the top tight ends in Penn State history", Lions coach James Franklin said via the school.

General manager Chris Grier named traits such as leadership and competiveness as reasons for selecting Gesicki, but his athleticism was most intriguing for the Dolphins front office. "Being that big and athletic, he can move the chains on third down and then the speed can open up other stuff on the field for you".

Gesicki boosted his National Football League draft stock with a sensational performance in Indianapolis, running a 4.54. "It's just really cool and it's an honor and a blessing to say that I play this game".

While Gesicki's size made him an appealing choice, the 225-pound Baker is undersized.

Grier said the Dolphins considered using the pick to take a quarterback, but decided Baker was too good to pass up, and McMillan's assessment of his former Ohio State teammate was a factor. Between 2015 and 2017, the versatile defensive back nabbed nine interceptions-four of which were returned four touchdowns-totaled 16.5 tackles for loss and registered five sacks.

A three-year starter, Fitzpatrick emerged as one of the nation's standout secondary talents during his time with the Crimson Tide.

McMillan suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first exhibition game past year but is expected to start in 2018.

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