A lot of time went by on Day 2 of the 2022 NFL Draft as Georgia linebacker Nakobe Dean waited for his name to be called. Knee and pectoral injury concerns ultimately led to him dropping to the Philadelphia Eagles at No. 83 overall. The team certainly isn't worried given the latest positive update.
Dean told reporters on Friday that he will be a full participant during rookie camp practices. The plan is to line up as a middle linebacker for defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon with no limitations.
Nakobe Dean Injury Status
That is about the best news Eagles fans could've been hoping to hear. Dean wreaks havoc when at full strength and could make an immediate impact on a defense that already ranked top 10 in total yards allowed per game in 2021 (329.9). It just depends on if he can maintain his health this summer.
The All-American LB helped guide the Bulldogs to a National Championship last fall by racking up 72 tackles (10.5 for loss), 6.0 sacks, 5 pass breakups, 2 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles. He was even once projected as a first-round pick given the combination of speed and physicality he possesses.
Dean also mentioned on Friday that Georgia's coaching staff played a number of different coverages, which should give him some familiarity with Philly's defense. That certainly a great advantage to have for a player that will compete for snaps with fellow LBs Kyzir White, TJ Edwards and Davion Taylor.
For now, the Eagles have odds set at +3500 to win Super Bowl 57, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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