The book on Alabi

The Dolphins offensive line, which was so maligned last season, got help in the draft with the selection of TCU offensive tackle Anthony Alabi in the fifth round. Alabi was picked with the 162nd overall selection, the choice obtained from Kansas City on Friday as part of the Patrick Surtain trade.

Alabi was a two-time All-Conference USA first-team selection after starting at left tackle for TCU.

Alabi is a big tackle (6-5, 310) who says he has room to grow.

His collegiate career actually started at the U.S. Naval Academy, which he attended starting in June of 1999.

Alabi said he loved the education he was getting at the Navy, but he wanted to get more serious about his football career, so he decided to walk on at TCU.

After getting 12 sacks in high school, Alabi was moved to the offensive line at TCU. The book on him is that he's got potential, great size and good technique, but he might not be the most athletic lineman around.

In other words, he looks like a project who isn't likely to make much of an impact early for the Dolphins.

"I'd say I'm intelligent, I'm athletic, I've got long arms, I'm very coachable," Alabi said. "I think I've got a lot of room to grow, I've got a lot of upside."

Incidentally, Alabi's father is Nigerian and his mother is Puerto Rican. Alabi says he speaks a little Nigerian and a little Spanish, but not much of either.

He already has a degree in criminal justice and is halfway done with a Master's in Liberal Arts. His fiancée is a private investigator and he's looking to get into police work after his football career.

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