|No. 17 – Philadelphia Eagles|
|Born:||December 13, 2000|
Horn Lake, Mississippi, U.S.
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight:||231 lb (105 kg)|
|High school:||Horn Lake|
|NFL Draft:||2022 / Round: 3 / Pick: 83|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2022|
|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.
Dean played high school football at Horn Lake High School. As a senior he won the Butkus award. As a five-star recruit Dean committed to Georgia after receiving offers from Ole Miss and Alabama.
As a true freshman for the Georgia Bulldogs football team, Dean recorded 25 total tackles despite battling injuries. 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.
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.
|Height||Weight||Arm length||Hand span|
|5 ft 11+1⁄4 in
|All values from NFL Combine|
Dean was drafted in the third round (83rd overall) of the 2022 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. 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.
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. In 2022, Dean was named the Arthur Ashe Jr. Male Sports Scholar of the Year by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education.