The top four QBs in the draft were gone by the time the Dolphins' turn came with the No. 11 choice Thursday, so they selected All-America safety Minkah Fitzpatrick of Alabama. "These tall guys - name a good tight end with those types of build that are good blockers at the line of scrimmage?" The long and athletic tight end is built in the mold of today's pass-catchers at the position.
Jerome Baker #17 of the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Baker was the fourth former Buckeyes defender chosen over the first two days of the 2018 NFL Draft. It has been their most glaring flaw for years now and Hernandez could be an immediate impact player or at the very least add much needed depth.
Ridley led the Tide in receiving each of the past three seasons, finishing his collegiate career as the program's second-ever player with 200-plus receptions, pulling down 224 catches for 2,781 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns.
"I definitely need to continue to improve my run blocking", he said.
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Hayden Hurst of SC was the only tight end taken before Gesicki, going to the Ravens with the 25th pick of the first round.
"He has speed, and we want to get faster on defense", Grier said.
Fitzpatrick is the seventh former Alabama defensive back taken in the first round since 2010, joining Marlon Humphrey (Baltimore Ravens, 2017), Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (Green Bay Packers, 2014), Dee Milliner (New York Jets 2013), Mark Barron, (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2012), Dre Kirkpatrick (Cincinnati Bengals, 2012) and Kareem Jackson (Houston Texans, 2010).
McMillan suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first exhibition game previous year but is expected to start in 2018.
On the final day of the draft they'll be in the market for a defensive tackle and backup quarterback.