Eagles fans couldn't help but notice Georgia linebacker Nakobe Dean while watching the National Championship game on Monday night, hoping Philadelphia drafts the 6'0", 225-pound 21-year-old linebacker this Spring.
Dean has played three seasons at Georgia, culminating in last night's National Championship win over Alabama. Dean recorded 10.5 tackles for loss and 6.0 sacks this season, plus two interceptions, five passes defended, and a touchdown.
In the National Championship game victory, Dean recorded 4.0 total tackles and one pass defended.
Dean, who was named a unanimous first team All-American and won the Butkus Award for being the nation's top linebacker in 2021, has ferocious speed.
Dean is projected as a mid first-rounder and tankathon.com even has the Eagles snagging him with the 15th overall pick in their mock draft.
The Eagles will have picks Nos. 15 (from Dolphins), 16 (from Colts), and their own pick (19-32) in this year's first round of the draft.
Linebacker has been a position the franchise has not allocated a ton of draft capital to. In fact, Philadelphia has not drafted a first-round linebacker since 1979 when they drafted Jerry Robinson out of UCLA with the 21st overall pick.