Miami Dolphins plan to play 'Swiss Army knife' Minkah Fitzpatrick at safety

Miami Dolphins select TE Mike Gesicki with the 42nd pick in the 2018 NFL Draft

Miami Dolphins select TE Mike Gesicki with the 42nd pick in the 2018 NFL Draft

They selected Penn State's Mike Gesicki earlier on Day 2.

Despite his shortcomings as a blocker, Gesicki will have every opportunity to come in and win and win the starting tight end spot in Miami. The final two seasons of his collegiate career a stark contrast to his freshman and sophomore years when Gesicki registered 24 total receptions and faced more criticism than praise.

The 6-foot-5 Gesicki was the second tight end drafted because his athleticism, including thunderous dunks in basketball and success in volleyball.

"The one thing everyone talks about is him not being a great blocker", Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said.

"If you are looking for a tight end who can line up and help in the running game, he's not your guy".

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Opposing tight ends caught 94 passes for 1,034 yards and 10 touchdowns against Miami as the Dolphins gave up the most receptions, second-most yards and second-most touchdowns to tight ends in the National Football League in 2017. Derby, MarQueis Gray, Thomas Duarte and recently signed Gavin Escobar. He didn't put up the same interception numbers this past season, but Fitzpatrick was all over the field (8.0 tackles for loss, 8.0 pass breakups) and fought through injuries to eventually win the Jim Thorpe and Chuck Bednarik Awards, be named a unanimous All-American and win his second national title in three years. Barkley was drafted second overall by the New York Giants on Thursday night.

He blocking is outstanding, but his dependable hands will ensure that he remains a necessary cog in any offense he plays in.

"We had some insider trading with Raekwon", Grier said.

They landed Alabama Crimson Tide standout defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, making their secondary instantly better.

McMillan suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first exhibition game previous year but is expected to start in 2018.

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