2022 NFL Draft Prospect - ILB Nakobe Dean


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Player Description


Name: Nakobe Dean Position: Inside Linebacker

College: Georgia Uniform Number: #17

Class: Junior Height: 5-11

Weight: 229 lbs Projected Round: Early-mid 1st round


 

Strengths:

  • Explosive going through gaps to make plays

  • Elite-level closing speed

  • Quick feet and agility

  • Possesses sideline-to-sideline playmaking abilities

  • Able to play multiple positions at linebacker

  • Ubiquitous on the field

  • High-level read and recognition skills

  • Desirable leadership qualities

  • Able to get skinny when blitzing through gaps

  • Excellent awareness and football IQ

  • Exceptional at diagnosing plays before they unfold

  • Ability to cover the field laterally

  • Plays consistently with a high motor

  • Hard-hitting tackler


 

Weaknesses:


The biggest concerns surrounding Dean are his lack of size and length. Both these attributes have been shown to be an issue when trying to separate from blockers. As a consequence, this has impeded his ability to make tackles on running plays, where he is met by an offensive lineman climbing the second level. When it comes to pass coverage, Dean is somewhat limited in this area. As capable as he is in zone coverage, he has difficulty showing receivers in man coverage. As it stands, he lacks the hip fluidity required to change directions quickly.



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