Denver Broncos may regret passing on Georgia LB Nakobe Dean
Ultimately, I think you could make a case that 31 other teams in the NFL could regret passing on Nakobe Dean.
Dean was the 83rd overall pick in this year’s class, three selections after the Broncos traded down to take tight end Greg Dulcich.
Full disclosure — the Denver Broncos are not likely to regret drafting Greg Dulcich, arguably the top tight end from this year’s class.
With that being said, look at the numbers Nakobe Dean posted just last season at Georgia.
- 72 total tackles
- 10.5 tackles for loss
- 6.0 sacks
- 5 passes defended
- 2 forced fumbles
- 2 interceptions
Dean’s final season at Georgia was absolutely outstanding, and every time you turned on the Bulldogs to watch them play, you saw no. 17 absolutely jump off the screen.
Unfortunately, it sounds like some late injury concerns popped up and Dean’s stock plummeted as a result.
There was a time when I think a lot of people would have been thrilled about the Broncos taking Dean with the 9th overall pick and certainly the 40th overall pick while they still owned them.
The fact that they had the chance to take him multiple times anyway is painful for a lot of fans who fell in love with his game in the Draft process.
Among the list of NFL quarterbacks with the most career earnings all-time, the Denver Broncos have four players in the top 20.
Now, Dean is part of a rather outstanding Philadelphia Eagles draft class and should be in a strong position to succeed early on in his career if he is, indeed, able to stay healthy.