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NFL Draft Profile: Nakobe Dean, Linebacker, Georgia Bulldogs

NFL draft profile scouting report for Georgia linebacker, Nakobe Dean

Nakobe Dean
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Pos: LB
Ht: 5112
Wt: 229
Hand: 0918
Arm: 3178
Wing: 7618
40: N/A
Bench: N/A
3-Cone: N/A
Shuttle: N/A
Vert: N/A
Broad: N/A
DOB: 12/13/00
Eligible: 2022
Horn Lake, MS
Horn Lake

Nakobe Dean
Georgia Bulldogs


Leinweber: Inexperienced, yet smart inside linebacker who continues to get better as a processor. Dean reads and reacts quickly in the run game, coming downhill well and especially excelling in pursuit. The further the season progressed, the more of a communicator he became. In pursuit, Dean uses his above-average speed to flow to the ball if he manages to stay clean. He takes blocks on low and shows play strength to prevent getting sealed. When tasked with man coverage responsibilities, he stays square and patient. Dean can even turn and run with slots. He plays urgently with strong effort.


Leinweber: On the shorter side of linebackers, Dean is light and does not look like he can add a lot more mass. In zone, he fails to impact throwing lanes. Biting on play-action leaves space vacated behind him. Dean lacks ankle flexion to change directions quickly and adjust angles late. He often tackles high and has to drag ball carriers down, allowing them to pick up extra yards. A lack of length prevents him from stacking and shedding blocks making him reliant on slipping blocks or staying clean.


Leinweber: Short, undersized linebacker with above-average straight-line speed and good processing skills in the run game. Dean thrives at coming downhill. Inconsistent tackling causes him to miss too often. A lack of length prevents him from stacking and shedding blocks. Dean projects as a backup inside linebacker who can come in and defend the run. His limitations when it comes to size and not possessing transcendent traits limits his potential to a replacement-level starter. 


Raised in Horn Lake, Mississippi. Five-star recruit according to 247Sports. Competed in football, baseball, basketball and track in high school. Mechanical Engineering major. Academic standout. Older brother, Nikolas, played tight end at Ole Miss. 


Leinweber: Undersized inside linebacker with quick processing skills in the run game. A lack of elite traits and size put a ceiling on his potential. 


Current Player Value/Potential Player Value

Leinweber: 7.5/7.9


“A leader, a true leader. That man knows his stuff. He knows what he’s doing inside and outside, he knows every position on the field not just his. Nakobe, he’s really smart, he’s really intelligent, I mean he’s an engineer. Whoever picks him up is going to get a great linebacker." - Jordan Davis on Nakobe Dean

"I just chuckle at it. It’s been the main knock on me my whole life. My high school reminded me how people thought I was too small to be an NFL linebacker. This whole process has done nothing but make the chip on my shoulder bigger. I plan on working hard and showing the world who I am." -- Nakobe Dean on critics who question his size

2022 NFL Draft: Nakobe Dean is a Destructive Linebacker