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5 things to know about Miami Dolphins first-round draft pick S Minkah Fitzpatrick

Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick (29) runs into the end zone for a touchdown against Florida after an interception during the first half of the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Atlanta
Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick (29) runs into the end zone for a touchdown against Florida after an interception during the first half of the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Atlanta AP

The card has been handed in and the announcement has been made.

Minkah Fitzpatrick is the Miami Dolphins' first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

The top-notch defensive back has the ability to help the Dolphins in multiple areas on the defense.

So who is Fitzpatrick?

Here are five things to know.

The Miami Dolphins selected Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick with the draft's 11th pick, adding a dynamic defensive back who can play all five positions.

1.) He's a stud

Fitzpatrick was dominant during his time at Alabama. His six interceptions led the Crimson Tide as a sophomore, his first year as a full-time safety. He added another pick and 60 tackles as a junior, doing enough to skip his final year and enter the draft. He also can play outside corner if needed, but safety is likely his top spot

2.) He's been in the limelight before

That tends to happen when you play at Alabama. Two SEC Championships. Three national championship game appearances — and two national titles.

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3.) He'll compete for playing time right away

The Dolphins have two veteran safeties they like in Reshad Jones and T.J. McDonald as well as a nickel corner in Bobby McCain. But Fitzpatrick has the skillset and talent to either challenge for a starting spot or, at the very least, be an active part of the rotation as a rookie.

2018 NFL Draft first-round selections

4.) He can cover the middle of the field

Remember the Dolphins' struggles against tight ends last season? Fitzpatrick can help with that.

5.) He has the Nick Saban seal of approval

That should be enough for most coaches when it comes to a defensive player. Gase, who worked with Saban at both Michigan State and LSU, is no exception.

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