Nakobe Dean: Scouting Report. Everything You Need To Know

Nakobe Dean: Scouting Report. Everything You Need To Know
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GEORGE KARLAFTISAHMAD GARDNERDEREK STINGLEY
KAYVON THIBODEAUXDEVIN LLOYDKYLE HAMILTON
  • Height: 6’0″
  • Weight: 225 Lbs
  • College: Georgia
  • Year: Junior
  • Position: Linebacker

Games Watched: Michigan (2021), Alabama (2021), Kentucky (2021), Florida (2021)

STRENGTHS

  • Very good at blitzing and finding holes in the offensive line to pursue the quarterback
  • Solid when getting past offensive linemen
  • Good at bringing down the ball carrier
  • Amazing cross-pitch speed
  • Brilliant in coverage – best coverage linebacker in the class
  • Top-level instincts, can read plays like an NFL veteran
  • Hard hitter
  • Amazing speed when breaking on a ball in coverage

WEAKNESSES

  • Can overcommit and lose out on tackles as he can get lost in the wrong gap
  • Quite undersized for a linebacker
  • Can find it quite difficult to cover bigger tight ends and so can get bullied when in coverage

Projected role in the NFL: 

He can play as an interior linebacker in both a 3-4 and a 4-3 defense, but is more fitted to playing as a weakside linebacker in a 4-3 defense (ie the linebacker that is in charge of pass coverage and is typically the best athlete out of the bunch)

Best team fit(s): 

Philadelphia seems to be the best fit place for him. They have 3 first-round picks and are in dire need of a linebacker like Dean. However, he could potentially go earlier, to a team like Denver. They pick at 9 and have struggled for consistent linebacker play for years, and in a division with Travis Kelce and Darren Waller, a good coverage linebacker is required to survive.

Pro comparison: 

My comparison for Dean is Minnesota Vikings linebacker, Eric Kendricks. When he declared for the draft, Kendricks was the same height as Dean and weighed in at only 7 pounds heavier than Dean registers in as right now. Their playstyles are also extremely similar, with both being good tacklers and pass-rushers, but their main strength lying in their coverage ability. Kendricks is one of the premier coverage linebackers in the NFL, and Dean has shown enough to make me believe he could become that as well.

Grading scale: 95+ Generational | 90-94, Early 1st Round | 85-90, Mid/Late 1st Round | 80-84, 2nd Round | 75-79, 3rd Round | 70-74, 4th Round | 65-69, 5/6th Round | 60-64 6/7th Round | <60, Undrafted Free Agents

Grade and Draft Value: 

92/100 – this puts Dean as my joint best linebacker and my joint 12th player on my board. Much like Devin Lloyd, who he is tied with, he has a early 1st round grade, but the positional value of linebackers pushes him down to a mid 1st round player.

SUMMARY

Nakobe Dean was the best linebacker in football last year and was the general for a Georgia defence that won the college football championship. His coverage abilities are essential for a linebacker in today’s pass-heavy game, and his traits are elite. It will be exciting to see what he will become as an NFL player.

How good of a prospect is Nakobe Dean? Let us know over on Twitter @NinetynineYards and @muffinmeep1

WRITTEN BY SHAUNAK HARIT

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