You never know. It’s a common phrase in American culture and it’s appropriate, when talking pro sports, and especially something like the NFL Draft. So, when Dolphins rookie DB Minkah Fitzpatrick appeared on the NFL Network Wednesday afternoon and said he wasn’t expecting the call from Miami that came, we at F.F.I. actually believe that.
Appearing live on the “Up to the Minute” show with host Andrew Siciliano, the Fins #11 overall pick from Alabama talked about of variety of subjects, but we were particularly interested, when he was asked about draft night in Arlington, TX.
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“I didn’t know what to expect. I went into it with an open mind,” he told Siliciano. “I went into it thinking that anybody could pick me and anybody could pass up on me. I knew I was going to get picked by somebody eventually, but I just didn’t know who.”
Then, he was asked about wearing an all white suit on draft night and whether that was a clue that Fitzpatrick knew something or at least, was ready to come “club” on South Beach, etc.
“I didn’t know anything. I had zero clue. When Miami was up, I wasn’t even looking at my phone, because I only talked to them about two or three times before the draft….Once my phone was ringing and it said ‘Ft. Lauderdale’ on the caller id, I just picked it up….I was very surprised.”
As we wrote previously, there was apparently some serious debate, while the Fins were on the clock, and the most important voice being owner Stephen Ross. Ross apparently wanted Miami to trade down and acquire more picks instead of taking Fitzpatrick with the 11th pick. However, he ultimately allowed VP of Football Mike Tannenbaum and GM Chris Grier to make their selection.
Back to the conversation Wednesday afternoon, when asked about whether Fitzpatrick thinks he was drafted in part to help stop Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, he replied, “they drafted me to do my job. If stoppin’ Gronkowski is my job, you know, that’s what I’m gonna have to do....I’m looking forward to it. I’m a competitor. I love going against the greatest players….Going against him is definitely going to be a challenge….it’s gonna have me on ‘my A game’ every time we play them.”
As Siciliano pointed out to Fitzpatrick, Gronkowski does have eight TD receptions in 11 career games against Miami. He did not play in their Monday night loss to the Dolphins last December.
Fitzpatrick gets his first shot at Gronk and the Patriots week four in Foxboro.
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