There’s absolutely no reason to be dishonest here. After spending a few weeks combing through every game of the 2021 Georgia Bulldogs season and re-reading every ounce of text that we can find on Nakobe Dean, it’s still been difficult to make determinations on where he’ll be in terms of development by the time the Philadelphia Eagles‘ regular season gets underway and the games begin counting towards the win-loss total.
So, we kept digging. Here’s what we found out.
There were theories when we began the pre-draft process that stated he was the product of playing with great teammates. Some asked if he should have produced a more impressive stat sheet if he was as good as everyone was saying. Those are theories that we can probably toss out.
It seems silly to ask the young man to apologize for being surrounded by a talented Dawgs roster. Then, as far as the stats go, 72 tackles with 10.5 resulting in a loss of yardage, six sacks, two interceptions, five pass breakups, and two forced fumbles (his numbers from 2021) are far from paltry.
As we inched closer to the most recent selection meeting, he was seen by most as a first-rounder. NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein gave him a pre-draft grade of 6.40, meaning he’ll become “a good starter within two years”. Everyone knows how things turned out during the NFL Draft.
Rumors of an injury caused him to slip. Day 2 rolled around, and the Eagles landed a man seen as a prospect with first-round talent in the third round.
He’s gotten off to a slow start during training camp, but that’s okay. He’s a rookie and he’ll need time to develop. We should learn a lot about him in the preseason. Meanwhile, while we wait, let’s see what some of the experts are saying.
Here are four intriguing takes that we’ve found since he’s landed in the nest. Birds fans everywhere will most certainly see these as being interesting.