Dolphins scouting report: Branden Albert

The Miami Dolphins are having a busy offseason signing free agents. But how good are these players?

We tap into our NFL Nation reporters to get a full scouting report on Miami’s key free-agent signings through the eyes of the people who covered them.

Next up we have a scouting report of new starting left tackle Branden Albert from Kansas City Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher:

“The Dolphins are getting a solid left tackle in Albert. He was a guard in college but the Chiefs plugged him in at left tackle immediately after drafting him in the first round in 2008 and there were some anxious moments his first few seasons as he struggled to develop as quickly as the team hoped. Albert kept working at it and eventually turned into the player the Chiefs envisioned when they drafted him, one who is a better pass protector than run blocker. He missed five starts in 2012 because of back spasms and four games because of a hyperextended knee last season, so he hasn’t been reliable in that regard.”

As Teicher mentioned, the Dolphins hope they get the same solid player who produced in Kansas City last season. Miami gave Albert a $47 million contract to be the long-term solution at left tackle.

Albert’s play will be closely tied into the play of third-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who was the most sacked quarterback (58) in franchise history last season. Albert, if healthy, should help reduce than number.