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JetNation Prospect Profile: Georgia Linebacker Nakobe Dean

While fantasy football fanatics everywhere are hoping Joe Douglas and the New York Jets will draft offense, offense and more offense, there’s no denying the Jets are in dire need of some help on defense.  Robert Saleh’s unit surrendered a franchise worst 504 points.  It was the only time in team history that opponents topped the 500 point mark.

With that in mind, we profile draft prospect Nakobe Dean, linebacker out of Georgia.  While he manned the middle of the Bulldogs defense in college, Dean would likely fit well on the outside in Robert Saleh’s scheme with a possible switch to the middle upon CJ Mosley’s eventual departure.

College: Georgia

Ht: 6′ 0”

Wt: 225 lbs

Position: Weak Side LB/Middle LB

Nakobe Dean anticipates at a high level and always finds himself around the ball.  He’s a strong defender who consistently shows top end quickness and explosion, making him an excellent blitzer, picking up six sacks in his final collegiate season.  Lining him up at outside linebacker and setting him loose could yield better results in the NFL.  Dean has shown the ability to cover backs out of the backfield and has even made plays lining up on the outside.

Dean’s reactiveness and aforementioned quickness are what set him apart from other ‘backers in this class.  When asked to get after the quarterback, Dean appears to have the tools to consistently disrupt opposing quarterbacks.  Dean is also one of the best linebackers in this class in terms of working his way through traffic and getting to the ball carrier.  An all-around talent who

The combine in Indianapolis will be big for Dean as his current measurements are provided by the University of Georgia which may have beefed him up just a bit.  Dean’s size and length is something clubs will be looking at.

 

 

This Article Was Written By Glenn Naughton

Glenn Naughton

Glenn was Born in the Bronx, New York and has followed the Jets religiously despite being stationed in several different countries and time zones around the world. He now resides in England and has been a JetNation member since 2005. Glenn will bleed green with the rest of us through the highs and lows.