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Dolphins rookie Minkah Fitzpatrick told to prepare for safety and nickel back

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Friday was the first opportunity to take a look at all of the rookies for the Miami Dolphins at the team facility in Davie, and the “head of the class,” is first round pick defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick of Alabama.

He met with the media on a range of subjects, including his draft night experience in Arlington, TX, three weeks ago. Plus, he discussed his playing days at the elite program of college football in Tuscaloosa, and how it has readied him already to step in and play at the pro level.

Here is the full press conference:

Particularly interesting is the subject of exactly what secondary position Fitzpatrick will occupy the most, when things get going in his rookie year.

Fitzpatrick had somewhat jokingly told Dolphins broadcasters Kim Bokamper and Jon Congemi on the Fins podcast “The Aubible” last week that he had been told by the Dolphins that he was being drafted at #11 overall at a “football player” designation.

On Friday, he opened up some more about his status, “Just gonna start off learning the defensive backfield. Whether it be the nickel spot, the safety spot. Just learning the defense, making calls.” He continued about what he hopes to accomplish, “My goal is to work hard every single day. Become better every single day….I just go day to day challenging myself. Day by day. Challenging myself, pushing myself…and with that comes other things (successes).”

Fitzpatrick was a consensus All-American in 2017, with 60 tackles, including eight for losses and one INT in his junior season. He decided to forgo his final year of eligibility to turn pro.

Interestingly, as we wrote earlier this week, a report stated that Miami owner Stephen Ross was wanting the Dolphins to trade down from the #11 spot, when they did get one of the quarterbacks at the top of the draft. Instead, the front office of Mike Tannenbaum and Chris Grier believed enough in Fitzpatrick’s skill, versatility, and tremendous experience in big games translating to the NFL, that they brought him to South Florida.

And that process has now begun.

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