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Seven picks into the 2009 draft and Bill Parcells must be having withdrawls up in the War Room.Parcells surprisingly hasn't drafted a lineman or linebacker … two positions the Big Tuna loves to load up on.The latest two picks - Monmouth TE John Nalbone and Clemson FS Chris Clemons - join two CBs (Vontae Davis, Sean Smith), a QB (Pat White) and two WRs (Patrick Turner, Brian Hartline).Nalbone, the No.

161 pick, joins a solid group of Dolphins pass-catching TEs.Nalbone (6-4, 255) had 42 catches, 491 yards, 5 TDs last season, including an 83-yard TD.

He was a college teammate to Cowboys WR Miles Austin."I have the ability to both block and receive but people think of me more as a receiving tight end," Nalbone said.

"I'm just a hard worker."But Nalbone wondered himself if he was a reach at No.

161, saying he'd heard he was was sixth- or seventh-round pick.The No.

165 selection, Clemons (6-0 1/8, 208) ran a 4.33 at the scouting combine, but struggled in the shuttle run and three-cone drill.Pro Football Weekly has this assessment of Clemons' weaknesses, "Does not play strong, fast or physical.

Very average agility and change of direction.

Marginal instincts."Parcells and the Dolphins' brain trust clearly saw something in both players.But each plays a position where the team appears to be in pretty good shape, while needs at nose tackle and a pass-rushing linebacker seem to remain.

Clemons looks to a special teams player with excellent top-end speed, while Nalbone will be the fourth TE of a solid group, including TEs Anthony Fasano and David Martin.Curious selections? Or do you like what the Dolphins are doing?Tags: Anthony Fasano, Bill Parcells, Chris Clemons, David Martin, John Nalbone This entry was posted on Sunday, April 26th, 2009 at 3:52 pm and is filed under 2009 Offseason.

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