In 2021, the National Champion Georgia Bulldogs boasted one of the greatest defenses in SEC history, with Butkus Award winner Nakobe Dean at the heart of it. While his stats may not immediately impress, Dean’s consistent playmaking on every down was a sight to behold.
Standing at 5-11 and weighing 229 pounds, Dean may be considered undersized for a linebacker. However, he compensates for this with his sharp instincts and exceptional closing speed. His ability to diagnose and react to plays improved significantly between 2020 and 2021, as evidenced by his 10.5 tackles for loss out of a career total of 13.5 in 2021.
Drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 3rd round, Dean’s rookie year was hampered by a serious shoulder injury, limiting his reps. This led to a sparse usage in 2022 while Kyzir White and T.J Edwards took the majority of the snaps. Despite this, Dean’s limited appearances showed enough promise to secure him a starting position in 2023, likely as the green dot in the Eagles’ defense.
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Despite limited snaps, Nakobe Dean’s performances are a testament to his active engagement with the football and his involvement in every play. He’s projected to be a highly efficient linebacker, capable of contributing big plays regularly. It’s hard to resist his upside – we’ve ranked him as a LB2 for 2023, but his speed and instinct for the football could elevate him among the league’s best sooner than expected