We are currently making our way through the Miami Dolphins' 90-man offseason roster, breaking down last season for each player, as well as what could happen this year. Today, we continue today with a look at offensive tackle Tyson Clabo.
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Clabo comes to Miami after a stellar year with the Atlanta Falcons. The former Pro Bowler graded as the fifth best right tackle in the league in 2010, according to Pro Football Focus. In 2011, Clabo was graded as the second best tackle in the game, left or right.
He was salary cap casualty by the Falcons this offseason, and was pursued by multiple teams. The Dolphins jumped into the conversation following the draft, looking to add either a starting caliber left or right tackle, with Jonathan Martin filling the other role.
Why he could improve in 2013:
There really is not a need for improvement from the seven year pro. As long as he continues to play at the same level as the last two years, the Dolphins will have upgraded the right side of the offensive line.
Why he could regress in 2013:
Clabo is joining a new team for the first time in his career. He's also being asked to switch to a zone blocking scheme, something he has not had to do in the NFL. Both of those reasons could be enough to trip up Clabo as he looks to solidify the right side of the line.
Clabo is 6'6", 329 pounds, which is actually 12 pounds heavier than Jake Long, who many Dolphins fans felt was too big for a zone scheme. As a right tackle, he will probably be asked to do more power blocking than Long was at left tackle, but it's still a concern.
Odds he will make the 53-man roster:
Clabo is on the roster as the starting right tackle. The Dolphins are hoping that the move of signing him and putting Martin on the left side is the solution needed when a four time Pro Bowl, first overall pick leaves the team (Long).