Nakobe Dean: Fall to third round definitely something that will stick with me

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Linebacker Nakobe Dean was widely expected to be a first-round pick last month, but he wound up falling to the third round amid reports that he was dealing with pectoral and knee injuries that created concerns for other teams.

After the Eagles ended his slide, Dean said that health concerns were invalid and that he planned to be a full participant at this weekend’s rookie minicamp. That’s turned out to be the case and Dean told reporters that the draft day drop will add fuel to the fire he has to succeed in the NFL.

“It’s definitely something that will stick with me,” Dean said, via EJ Smith of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “It’s not my primary or secondary source of motivation — or my tertiary. But it’s definitely something that will stick with me throughout my playing career.”

If Dean shows the same kind of ability to impact games that he had at Georgia, playing time should be easy to come by in Philadelphia and he’ll have every opportunity to show the league that he should have heard his name called much earlier than the 83rd overall pick.

11 responses to “Nakobe Dean: Fall to third round definitely something that will stick with me

  1. He has a small frame with shorter than ideal arms that’s gonna be a issue at the next level, add in the pec and knee injuries and it’s easy to see why he was not a 1st round pick.

  2. That whole thing was truly bizarre. I can’t remember a similar drop on a player of his caliber.

  3. Angel Valle says:
    May 8, 2022 at 10:59 am
    He has a small frame with shorter than ideal arms that’s gonna be a issue at the next level, add in the pec and knee injuries and it’s easy to see why he was not a 1st round pick.

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    Same size as Devin Bush, Roquan Smith, and Matt Milano. All pretty successful and Nakobe Dean is 10x better then all of them.

  4. He shouldn’t let it bother him. Even the Eagles passed on him several times before finally pulling the trigger. There is a reason all those GA players went in R1 the same way there is a reason he didn’t, and lasted so long. He plays a lot like most undersized LBs – great when he’s clean. Great in space. That’s why Walker went 1 and Jordan Davis went 13th. If everybody on Philly’s D does the job, Dean will find the ball carrier. But don’t expect him to be blowing up plays and striking fear into RB’s.

  5. Same size as Devin Bush, Roquan Smith, and Matt Milano. All pretty successful and Nakobe Dean is 10x better then all of them. They are all bigger than dean and outside of bush didnt come with injury concerns, two were 1st rounders one a 5th rounder. I stand by my comment with his frame and injury concerns it’s easy to see why he wasn’t a first rd pick.

  6. rgbryan25 says:
    May 8, 2022 at 11:37 am
    Angel Valle says:
    May 8, 2022 at 10:59 am
    He has a small frame with shorter than ideal arms that’s gonna be a issue at the next level, add in the pec and knee injuries and it’s easy to see why he was not a 1st round pick.

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    Same size as Devin Bush, Roquan Smith, and Matt Milano. All pretty successful and Nakobe Dean is 10x better then all of them.
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    Devin Bush is “pretty succcessful?” At what, getting blocked on rushing plays and lost trying to cover on passing downs? There is a reason the Steelers did not pick up his 5th year option.

  7. Not complaining about the Packers picks, but how cool would it have been if the Packers took Dean as well.

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