John Nalbone is a tight end for the Miami Dolphins, who selected him in with the 161st overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. Nalbone played four seasons of college football for Monmouth. He is listed at 6-feet, 4-inches and 255 pounds.
Prep Career
Nalbone was a four-year letterman at Lawrence High School in Lawrenceville, NJ, where he earned all-county honors as a junior and senior. Despite setting a school record with 17 career touchdowns, Nalbone did not earn a scholarship offer from an FBS program and ended up attending Monmouth.
College Career
Nalbone redshirted the 2004 season but burst onto the scene for Monmouth in 2005, earning second team All-Northeast Conference honors with 18 receptions. As a sophomore, Nalbone started all 12 games for Monmouth, earning second team all-NEC honors for the second consecutive season. As a junior, he set career-highs in receptions, yards and touchdowns, leading the NEC in all three categories. He was a first-team All-NEC selection for the first time in his career. After racking up a career-best 42 receptions for 491 yards and five touchdowns as a senior, Nalbone ended his Monmouth career as the school's all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards by a tight end. He was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, but still became the first Monmouth player selected in the NFL Draft in the common draft era.
NFL Career
Nalbone was selected in the fifth round (161st overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. Before the 2009 season, Nalbone signed a four-year/$1.923M contract with Miami.