On LB – #17 Georgia
Year: Redshirt Sophomore
High School: Horn Lake (Horn Lake, MS)
HS Rating: 5 star (0.9908)
Phil Steele: PS#3
Nakobe Dean scouting report
Very athletic. Excellent speed. Has some great range. Good lateral quickness. Can get lazy at times. Decent upper body strength. Controls the tackle through the rep. Not particularly a brute. Strong tackler. Nasty tackler. Very solid wrap up, typically controls the tackle throughout the rep and limits any additional gain. Works very well off the edge and through traffic. Excellent pursuit angles. Will tend to over pursue at times. Not a great blitzer. Can work through if the conditions are right, but doesn’t show the natural timing that he needs.
Not particularly good at man coverage, but stays with the play. Intercepted a tipped ball and took it for a score against Florida. Has the ability to take away tight ends especially in underneath coverage. You just have to wonder how effectively he can really take away tight ends in the NFL. Plays solid zone coverage. Has a natural feel for passing lanes and playing zones. Reads and recognizes well. Picks up on assignments. Excellent instincts. Moves well.
When looking at a modern NFL linebacker, Nakobe Dean appears a little bit undersized for the position. Despite that, he’s displayed some of the best tools on tape out of all of these linebackers in the class. He’s essentially the same package that Devin Lloyd brings to the field but in a smaller body. Dean is a starter immediately in the right situation, and should be an impact player in his first season.
Dean looks like a first/second-round pick at the next level. We think he has the upside to be a good player at the next level, potentially a pro bowl player.