Young Eagles defenders expected to make huge strides in 2022

Marcus Epps #22, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
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Nakobe Dean #17, Georgia Bulldogs (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images) /

Nakobe Dean. 17. player. 54. . .

Expect Nakobe Dean to take the league by storm in year one with the Eagles.

Never tell a man what he can’t do. Never make a man who’s as competitive as Nakobe Dean feel like you believe that he isn’t as good as he believes himself to be.

The five-foot-eleven and 229-pound Dean knows that some of you believe he’s too small. He’s well aware that there have been questions about whether or not the success he had at Georgia with the Bulldogs came because of the talent he possesses or because he had guys like Jordan Davis and Travon Walker commanding so much attention while playing in front of him.

Do we even need to get into that nightmare he had to endure during the most recent draft? Injuries? Really?

Rumors that Dean might be masking some health concerns led to a first-round talent sliding to the third. That’s where Philadelphia finally scribbled his name on a draft card, making him the 83rd-overall selection during Round 3 of the most recent selection meeting.

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It wasn’t going to take much to place a chip on Dean’s shoulder. It never has, but don’t let the smile fool you. It appears most of the football world has found a way to upset him anyway. That’s good news for the Eagles and their fans.

In 2022, the NFL gets its first glimpse of the 2021 Butkus Award winner that finished his career as a Unanimous All-American. We expect his career to begin with a bang. Truthfully, he’s given us zero reasons to expect anything else.