Nakobe Dean was widely considered to be a potential first-round pick before the 2022 NFL Draft. Luckily for the Philadelphia Eagles, he was still available in the third round. They happily scooped up the extremely talented Georgia linebacker. According to training camp reports, that is paying off big time for the Eagles.
Nakobe Dean was getting a hefty amount of reps with the first team at Eagles camp today. pic.twitter.com/UOqxocoxOC
— NFL Rookie Watch (@NFLRookieWatxh) August 6, 2022
This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, though. Dean slipped in the draft due to medical concerns. The Eagles were comfortable enough with his medicals to take him with the 83rd pick, and he may be a starting linebacker for them this season. T.J. Edwards played well last season, but the depth behind him at LB is lacking for the Eagles. Dean and Edwards could create an exciting, young linebacker duo in Philly.
Here’s what you’re getting in Nakobe Dean.
Kid is a leader, baller, and he’s going to use where he was drafted as his fuel every play. I’ll say it, this is the best linebacker the Eagles have had since Jeremiah Trotter.
Slam dunk of a pick. pic.twitter.com/P6a8reMJM4
— Philly Nation (@Philly__Nation) April 30, 2022
Steal of the draft?
Sam Monson from Pro Football Focus believes that Dean may even be the league’s best rookie linebacker this season.
Dean has the potential to be the steal of the
draft. Georgia had one of the best defenses in
college football history, and Dean was the best
player on that defense with a 91.6 PFF grade.
Dean was a key cog in that defense for Georgia that led them to a national championship. Aside from his physical talent, he was the leader of the unit. His communication skills were impressive, and the Eagles will tap into that talent as well.
He’ll get as many opportunities as the players selected him in the draft most likely, too. The Eagles desperately need the impact at LB, and he was a polished prospect at his position. Expect to hear his name plenty throughout the season for that Eagles defense.