Player information about the number 15 selection of all the NFL Football Draft picks. Read our 2008 NFL rookie preview on offensive guard Branden Albert from the University of Virginia to the Kansas City Chiefs.
2008 #15 Pick:
Kansas City Chiefs -
Branden Albert (OG, Virginia)
Another Virginia athlete, Albert has one of the best work ethics in the 2008 NFL Football draft class. At 6’7, his size along with his work ethic appears to be an excellent combination for a Chiefs club that is looking for leaders. With his versatility, he has the ability to play guard or tackle. For a big man, Albert is very athletic.
At Virginia, Albert recorded 94 knockdowns and 21 blocks. He was graded with an 83.2% for his blocking consistency. He only allowed 6.5 quarterback sacks. After Virginia played in the 2007 Gator Bowl, Albert chose to enter his name into the 2008 NFL draft, but elected not to submit his name to the NFL advisory committee.
In high school at Glen Burnia Maryland, he did not begin his football career until he was a junior. His first year, he played as a two way starter, as a defensive tackle and an offensive lineman. He was named to the first team All-Anne Arundel County, and was rated as the 38th best offensive lineman in the entire country. As a Basketball player, he averaged a double-double, and was part of the Baltimore area All Star Game.
Albert has struggled in the past with athletes that are quicker than him, but we know Branden will do what it takes to close that gap. With his strength at the point of attack, Albert looks to have a nice career at whatever position he is placed.
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