Eagles rookie NFL participant comparisons: Nakobe Dean

As we do each and every offseason, we’re going to be evaluating each and every of the Philadelphia Eagles’ beginners to present or former NFL gamers. Lately we’re going to discover a comp for third-round linebacker Nakobe Dean.

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First, who did Dean say he patterned his sport after?

“I don’t really feel like I examine myself to no one. The folk that I do watch – I’m partial to soccer, so I do watch soccer, I do watch linebackers – however the people who I do watch I attempt to take little bits and items of each and every in their video games that I really like. Like if I see a cross rush transfer or the best way someone took on a block or one way they utilized in protection, I’ll take that and check out to place it in my sport and notice if it really works or no longer.

“I think like the newest guys I’ve watched are most certainly Roquan Smith, Zach Cunningham, the best way he comes downhill, Darius Leonard the best way he assaults the ball, Eric Kendricks in zone protection, the best way he assaults the ball within the air.”

Dean used to be a celebrity at Georgia, patrolling the center of the sector in Georgia’s smothering, nationwide championship protection. Along with his crew’s good fortune, he used to be a unanimous All-American in 2021 and the Butkus Award winner, which works to the most productive linebacker in faculty soccer. In his ultimate season at Georgia, he had 72 tackles (10.5 for loss), 6 sacks, 2 INTs, 5 cross breakups, and a couple of compelled fumbles.

Maximum draft mavens assumed Dean could be a first-round pick out, however he fell to the 1/3 around as a result of harm considerations, and the truth that is undersized. And in point of fact, to mention he is undersized is most certainly placing it mildly. He is quick and lightweight with small fingers and quick fingers.

There have been additionally questions on Dean’s athleticism, as a result of he used to be not able to take part on the NFL Mix or Georgia’s professional day.

So in abstract, Dean is small with questionable athleticism, however he is an instinctive, productive, good chief who used to be most certainly drafted later than he must had been.

In keeping with that description, his profile strikes a chord in my memory just a little of former Miami Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas.

Thomas measured in at 5’11, 233 kilos on the 1996 NFL Mix, in comparison with 5’11, 229 for Dean. Each gamers glance extra like squatty operating backs than linebackers.

Thomas had horrible trying out numbers, as he ran a 4.85 40 with a vertical soar of 28.5 inches. That wasn’t somewhat as devastating on your draft inventory in 1996 as it will be in 2022, however he indisputably scared some groups off with that efficiency.

Like Dean, Thomas used to be a extremely embellished faculty participant who used to be additionally a unanimous All-American in his ultimate season at Texas Tech, and a finalist for the Butkus Award. On the other hand, additionally like Dean, he fell additional within the draft than he must have, as Miami decided on him within the 5th around.

In the end, Thomas carved out a stellar NFL occupation as a three-down linebacker most commonly on his remarkable instincts. A glance: 

Nirvana is a unusual selection for a spotlight reel. Anyway, give Dean some outsized shoulder pads and a neck roll and he’d glance so much like Thomas.

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