The Book on the Round 5 picks

The Dolphins went the obscure route with their first of two fifth-round picks, tight end John Nalbone from Monmouth, and followed that with safety Chris Clemons from Clemson. Here's a look at both of them.

Nalbone is a 6-4, 255-pound tight end who was a teammate of Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin for a couple of years.

A four-year starter at Monmouth, Nalbone holds every tight end receiving record in school history. His reception total improved every year, from 18 in 2005 to 19, 22 and 42 last season when he earned All-NEC honors for the second consecutive year.

Nalbone says he patterned his game after longtime NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez. He was not invited to the combine, but still expected to get drafted somewhere around the sixth round.

As for Clemons, the book on him is he's a tremendous athlete who just didn't play like one in college.

His stock rose significantly after he ran around 4.4 at the scouting combine.

A three-year starter at Clemson, Clemons finished his college career with 323 career tackles, 20 passes broken up and five picks.

If nothing else, he certainly would seem to have a shot as a rookie to help on special teams.


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