One the NFL's most valuable defensive backs is on the trade market. Minkah Fitzpatrick, a first-round pick in 2018 by the Miami Dolphins, has received permission from the team to seek a trade, according to ESPN sources. The Dolphins' asking price includes a first-round pick, sources said.
As a rookie last season, the former Alabama standout earned an impressive 79.3 overall Pro Football Focus grade and a 76.7 coverage grade across 379 snaps at slot cornerback. He also ranked first in completion percentage allowed (51.3%) and passer rating allowed (53.4) among the 34 defensive players with 200 or more coverage snaps played in the slot in 2018.
Fitzpatrick was one of the best rookie slot corners we have ever graded. Since 2006, only five rookie defensive backs have earned higher coverage grades from the slot than Fitzpatrick's 79.3: Casey Hayward, Desmond King, Leon Hall, Tyrann Mathieu and Antoine Cason.