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Dynasty IDP Rookie Prospect Profile: Nakobe Dean (2022 Fantasy Football)

Dynasty IDP Rookie Prospect Profile: Nakobe Dean (2022 Fantasy Football)

Scott Bogman, the host of the FantasyPros Dynasty Football Podcast and IDP Podcast, teamed with Joe Pisapia, co-host of the IDP Podcast, to provide dynasty rookie profiles for IDP players. They break down the top names of the 2022 NFL Draft class as you prepare for your dynasty rookie and startup drafts.

Dynasty IDP Rookie Prospect Profile

Nakobe Dean is yet another part of the unbelievable National Champion Georgia defense, and he won the Butkus Award as the best LB in the nation. Dean is an absolute missile in the middle of the defense. He runs downhill to attack the run and in pass-rush situations, and he is able to cover in zone or man up pretty much any position on the field. (He has lined up as a CB on WRs.) Dean is a bit undersized, which is the downside of being that fast, and I do worry a little bit about the size. (I watched a lot of Devin Bush, who had similar measurables.) But I think Dean’s football IQ will negate his lack of size at the next level. Dean will be the communicator on defense and make calls as soon as he earns the every-down role. He is going to be a first-round pick and get a shot to lead a defense. I hope he’s more like Roquan Smith or Devin White and less like Patrick Queen or Devin Bush as an undersized LB, but either way, he’ll be in the middle of a defense racking up tackles for IDP purposes.

Nakobe Dean’s 2022 NFL Draft Profile

Position School Height Weight 40-yard dash Age Year in school Recruit stars* Projected round
LB Georgia 5’11” 229 Did not run 21 Jr 5 First round

* Recruit Stars via 247Sports

Player Stats*

Year School Conf Class Pos G Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
2019 Georgia SEC FR LB 11 14 11 25 1.5 0.0 0 0 0 2 0 1
2020 Georgia SEC SO LB 10 39 32 71 1.5 1.5 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021 Georgia SEC JR LB 15 36 36 72 10.5 6.0 2 50 25.0 1 5 0 2
Career Georgia 89 79 168 13.5 7.5 2 50 25.0 1 7 0 3

* Player stats via Sports Reference

Landing Spot and Dynasty Outlook

Nakobe Dean – Philadelphia Eagles, Pick 83

Dean plummeted in the draft due to a pectoral tear that he elected not to have surgery on and ended up in Philly where they have been LB needy for awhile.  The best part is that as an undersized LB his Georgia teammate Jordan Davis got a lot of credit for clearing blockers for him and he ended up on the same squad with him in the NFL.  Dean’s injury makes his value for this season fairly low, but he’s a great grab and stash in dynasty leagues.

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