Nakobe Dean
No. 17 – Philadelphia Eagles
Position:Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (2000-12-13) December 13, 2000 (age 22)
Horn Lake, Mississippi, U.S.
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:231 lb (105 kg)
Career information
High school:Horn Lake
College:Georgia (2019–2021)
NFL Draft:2022 / Round: 3 / Pick: 83
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2022
Total tackles:13
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Nakobe Rashod Dean (born December 13, 2000) is an American football linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Georgia, winning the 2021 Butkus Award before being drafted by the Eagles in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

High school career

Dean played high school football at Horn Lake High School. As a senior he won the Butkus award.[1] As a five-star recruit Dean committed to Georgia after receiving offers from Ole Miss and Alabama.[2]

College career

As a true freshman for the Georgia Bulldogs football team, Dean recorded 25 total tackles despite battling injuries.[3] In 2021, he won the Butkus Award given annually to college football's best linebacker and finished the season as a key member of the team that won the 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship. On January 15, 2022, Dean declared for the 2022 NFL Draft.[4]

College statistics
Season GP Tackles Sacks Interceptions Fumbles Scoring
Solo Ast Comb TFL Sck Yds Int Yds PD FR Yds FF TD
2019 14 14 11 25 1.5 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0
2020 10 39 32 71 1.5 1.5 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021 15 36 36 72 10.5 6 47 2 50 6 0 0 2 1
Career[5] 39 89 79 168 14.5 7.5 56 2 50 8 0 0 3 1

Professional career

Dean was invited to the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine. He performed limited positional drills due to an injury (a torn pectoral muscle) that he suffered while training for the NFL Draft.[6]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span
5 ft 11+14 in
(1.81 m)
229 lb
(104 kg)
31+78 in
(0.81 m)
9+18 in
(0.23 m)
All values from NFL Combine[7][8][9]

Dean was drafted in the third round (83rd overall) of the 2022 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.[10] His draft-day slide was considered surprising, but NFL analyst Ian Rapoport pointed out that teams were reportedly concerned about Dean's size, and his decision to opt against getting surgery to repair his pectoral injury.

Personal life

Dean is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc and was initiated while at Georgia. Dean's older brother, Nikolas, played tight end at Ole Miss.[11] In 2022, Dean was named the Arthur Ashe Jr. Male Sports Scholar of the Year by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education.[12]

References

  1. ^ Thompson, Khari. "Horn Lake football star Nakobe Dean wins High School Butkus Award as nation's top linebacker". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved March 18, 2020.
  2. ^ Daniels, Tim. "5-Star LB Nakobe Dean Commits to Georgia over Alabama, Ole Miss". Bleacher Report. Retrieved March 18, 2020.
  3. ^ "2020 Georgia Spring Football Primer: Monty Rice leads a lean, mean inside linebacking corps – Bulldawg Illustrated". bulldawgillustrated.com. Retrieved March 18, 2020.
  4. ^ "Georgia's Nakobe Dean Declares for 2022 NFL Draft After CFP Title Win vs. Alabama". Bleacher Report.
  5. ^ "Nakobe Dean College Stats". GeorgiaDogs.com. Retrieved May 2, 2022.
  6. ^ "'Pec strain' limits Nakobe Dean's participation at UGA's Pro Day". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. March 16, 2022. Retrieved August 22, 2022.
  7. ^ "Nakobe Dean Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved April 10, 2022.
  8. ^ "NFL Combine: Official measurements for every NFL Draft prospect in Indianapolis". theathletic.com. Retrieved April 10, 2022.
  9. ^ "2022 Draft Scout Nakobe Dean, Georgia NFL Draft Scout College Football Profile". draftscout.com. Retrieved April 10, 2022.
  10. ^ "Eagles draft LB Nakobe Dean with the No. 83 overall pick". PhiladelphiaEagles.com. April 29, 2022.
  11. ^ "Nakobe Dean - 2020 - Football". University of Georgia Athletics. Retrieved March 18, 2020.
  12. ^ "Paying It Forward". April 25, 2022.