The Smythe pick was announced by Johanna Feis, the sister of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School assistant football coach Aaron Feis, who was among the 17 victims of the shooting at the school February 14.
Baker was one of the better athletes on Ohio State's roster, and showed that in his two years as a starter at outside linebacker. The Birmingham, Ala., native garnered Second Team All-America accolades from the AFCA in 2017 and was selected as a First Team All-SEC honoree by the Associated Press while also earning second-team recognition from the coaches. Fitzpatrick has the chops to play at corner or safety, but if he was utterly dominant at one, there wouldn't be a conversation about where he should go.
One of the most important skills for a defensive back is footwork, and Fitzpatrick is able to go forwards and backwards easily. The versatile defender was announced as a safety but saw snaps there, at CB and in LB roles in college. Fitzpatrick finished his three-year Alabama career with four interceptions returned for touchdowns to set the school record.
Baker missed a game last season because of an injury and had stretches where he wasn't making quite the impact that was anticipated heading into his junior season, but he still finished with 72 tackles past year - including 8 for a loss, while also recovering a pair of fumbles and forcing another.
Miami took Fitzpatrick over Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds and Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea despite glaring needs at those positions. To trade up ahead of New England and take Evans, the Titans traded No. 25 overall along with picks in the fourth and sixth rounds, Nos. 125 and 215 overall, respectively.
In three seasons under legendary head coach Nick Saban, the defensive back totaled 171 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, nine interceptions and 24 passes defended. And no matter what they were going to do, the Dolphins are going to say they weren't going to take Rosen. In four seasons he caught 129 passes for 1,481 yards and 15 touchdowns. Last season, despite some offensive inefficiencies out of his control, Ridley still led the team with 63 receptions for 967 yards.