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NFL Draft 2009 Round 5 #161 – Miami Dolphins – TE Johnathan Nalbone

The Dolphins draft another pass catcher. This time it’s a tight end. I don’t know what to think about this selection because neither or Scouts Inc. have the slightest bit of data or analysis on guy. A google search finds a link but its broken of course. Does this player really exist?

All I know is he played college ball at Monmouth. While I wait for the next Dolphin selection, I’ve requested some assistance in my search for more information on Johnathan Nalbone. Wish me good luck.

Update- ESPN gives us this analysis-

Nalbone possesses adequate size and top-end speed for the position, however he is going to be a developmental project at this point. He needs to develop in terms of strength at the point of attack as an inline blocker as well as an overall route runner.

Welll at least that’s something.

2nd Update- My bloodhound found this-

Monmouth TE John Nalbone measured in at 6-4 1/4 and 257 pounds. He ran a 4.75 and 4.81 40-yard dash, a 4.22 short shuttle and 6.97 three-cone drill, with a 30-inch vertical jump, 9-foot, 3-inch broad jump and 22 strength lifts. Two days later, Nalbone worked out in front of scouts at Monmouth University, where he measured in six pounds lighter at 251. There he posted a 4.63 and 4.66 40-yard dash, a 4.22 short shuttle, 6.94 three-cone-drill, a 30-inch vertical jump, 9-foot, 9-inch broad jump and 22 strength lifts.

We will keep trying.

3rd Update- The OTB Sports Bloodhound tells me has some analysis-

Positives: Good size, strength and effort as a blocker. Highly competitive. Surprising athleticism shown in workouts. Catches the ball cleanly and looks to turn it upfield. Can track the ball over his shoulder. Adequate agility to avoid tacklers in the open field, but good strength to run through them.

Negatives: Obvious concerns over his level of competition. Needs to improve his strength to hold up as an inline blocker at the NFL level. Marginal burst out of his breaks to gain separation. Lacks experience in a sophisticated passing offense and will need time to acclimate to a typical route-tree.

Good doggy. This could be a sleeper pick.

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