For the Eagles in this 2022 upcoming Draft, they have three first-round picks but have not taken a linebacker in the first round in quite some time. But this year could be the year they finally get themselves a linebacker in the draft. That could be Georgia Bulldogs Linebacker Nakobe Dean.
About Nakobe Dean
Nakobe Dean is 6 feet tall and weighs 225 pounds. Nakobe won the Dick Butkus Award as the league’s best rusher in the 2021 season. He also has some of Philadelphia’s love. He also won the Chuck Bednarik Award for the Defensive Player of the Year in the same season. What makes Nakobe so unique in this draft is that he can work well in a 4-3 Defense and has a quickness to get to the quarterback. Dean can make it difficult for a tackle to keep up with his style of play while under pressure.
The Eagles haven’t drafted a great linebacker since 1978. Nakobe Dean is a three-down linebacker and can be right beside Alex Singleton and T.J. Edwards. According to Todd McShay of ESPN, the Eagles would draft Dean with the 15th Overall Pick in his Mock Draft. We could only hope.
For the Eagles on Draft Night come April 28th, my advice to Howie Roseman would be if Nakobe Dean is there on 15th, 16th, or 19th, TAKE HIM! In the next few years, it will be defense that wins championships. If they don’t bolster their defense, it will haunt them. Just look at the Super Bowl Champions Los Angeles Rams. If the Eagles can lock up Nakobe Dean, it will be the closest thing to a powerhouse linebacker since Seth Joyner or Jeremiah Trotter. We will see come Draft Night what they do come April. Only time will tell. Join us for draft week LIVE and location. For more Draft coverage click here.
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