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Joe Schad: Minkah Fitzpatrick Was Too Good To Pass On

Alex Donno
May 07, 2018 - 1:06 pm

Draft grades for the Miami Dolphins have been all over the board. Some analysts have criticized Miami for not selecting a quarterback, or for potentially choosing the wrong tight end (Gesicki over Goedert) in the second round. Others feel they hit home runs from the first round to the seventh.

One thing everyone agrees on: Safety Minkah Fitzpatrick was a superb choice at eleventh overall. 

The Dolphins are hoping they've drafted a player who can be the NFL's next Ed Reed.

Dolphins beat writer Joe Schad from The Palm Beach Post joined The Joe Rose Show on Monday to discuss Minkah's future as a Miami Dolphin. 

"I think Minkah  Fitzpatrick was a player that's too good to pass on," Schad said. "And that's a move you want to make. It's been so much about trying to fill holes or putting band aids at certain positions. That's why this Fitzpatrick pick is nice, because it's not a need, but they think this guy will be a star."

Nick Saban coached Fitzpatrick at Alabama. You rarely hear Saban offer over-the-top descriptions on anyone, so when he says Minkah Fitzpatrick is the 'best player I've ever coached,' it should get your attention. 

In fact, Joe Schad wrote a great piece in the Palm Beach Post with some powerful quotes from Saban discussing Fitzpatrick

Here's a taste of Saban's love for Minkah: 

“A lot of players that are good players I’ve heard them say, ‘I’m saving it for the game.’ Every one of those players, and all those teams that I’ve been on that the players say that, none of them are worth a s—,” Saban said. “He doesn’t do that. I hope we have more and more players who work like him, because when you have players that do that, you usually have a pretty good team. He sets a great example.” (Anniston Star/August, 2017)

You can listen to the full interview with Joe Schad on The Joe Rose Show Podcast. Tune in weekdays from 6-10am on 560 WQAM.