Ranking every Eagles rookie on 53-man roster ahead of 2022 NFL season

Nakobe Dean #17, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Nakobe Dean #17, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
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Josh Jobe, Philadelphia Eagles
Josh Jobe, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports) /

The ‘slept-on’ tier: How did the Philadelphia Eagles land these guys when and where they did?

It’s okay to make mistakes, even if you’re the general manager of an NFL team. It’s not okay to continue to make the same mistakes.

Somewhere along the line, Howie Roseman figured something out. Rather than try to outthink the room and make strange roster decisions, it makes much more sense to add players to your team that wound up being the best players on the best teams at the collegiate level.

It’s funny how that works, huh?

. . . Josh Jobe, cornerback. 38. player. 54

Talk about value. Arguments can be made that, before Josh Jobe got injured late in 2021, he was the Alabama Crimson Tide’s most talented corner. The Philadelphia Eagles added him as one of three rookie free-agent cornerback prospects. Amazingly, he wasn’t drafted.

He needs to work on his technique some for the pro game, but he has the tools to be a great NFL player. Unless there’s an injury, we won’t see him playing a ton of defensive snaps, but the future is bright for this undrafted rookie.

. Nakobe Dean, linebacker. 17. player. 54. .

There’s a lot of excitement surrounding Nakobe Dean and for good reason. It’s hard to argue with landing a guy with first-round talent during the third round of an NFL Draft.

The learning curve has been steep. That’s okay. Give him time. The game will slow down for him.

In the meantime, he benefits from there being no pressure for him to be a major contributor early. He sits behind T.J. Ewards on the depth chart, and there aren’t many middle linebackers with a higher IQ. Dean is a sponge, and he’ll be fine thanks to having smart veterans to learn from.