It seems that connections appear in the most unlikely of places, the two first draft picks of the Dolphins 2018 NFL draft - Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick and Penn State TE Mike Gesicki - have apparently worked together before, and Gesicki clearly has a lot of respect for Fitzpatrick.
Minkah (Fitzpatrick) is obviously a phenomenal talent and a guy that is going to be extremely successful for this organization, and is also a Jersey guy like myself and I'm excited to get down there with him." Gesicki said. "I was training at EXOS with him leading up to the combine, I'm just so excited."
Both Fitzpatrick and Gesicki have been described by their teams as leaders in the locker room, which falls right in line with Miami's recent push to create a "culture change" that is based on being team first and self second. They both also offer a lot of athleticism that teams have to prepare for.
"His athleticism is his passing game." Penn State coach James Franklin said of Gesicki during an interview on NFL Network's Good Morning Football. "Obviously the question mark is the run aspect but he has worked very hard. In terms of 50/50 and contested catches, his athleticism...he has long strides...he can run past guys. He's a match-up nightmare."
As for Fitzpatrick, his versatility is what makes him dangerous, and the fact that he's one of the most polished prospects to ever come out of Alabama increases his worth.
“Minkah does it as well as anybody I’ve ever coached," said Alabama coach Nick Saban back eight months ago. "In terms of how he works every day, how he finishes plays, his conditioning level, just phenomenal, pays attention to detail. It’s important to him. Makes sure he knows what to do.”
The fact that the first two players that Miami drafted already know each other means that chemistry will be strong starting out, and the emphasis on leadership continues.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @LuisDSung
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