Dean and Davis

Eagles: Davis and Dean will be rookies to watch

During the 2022 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles selected Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia in the 1st round with the 13th pick. They got a steal of deal in the 3rd round by selecting Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia as the 83rd overall selection.

Jordan Davis recently returned home to Mallard Creek High School. The full story can be viewed here.

Davis said, “Coming out of here no man,” he said. “Coming from a kid that used to pass out in conditioning and gasp for air and to be able to go to the Eagles and be a first-round pick and just be an inspiration for the kids because if I can do it, anybody can do it.”

The Eagles see a lot of upside in Davis. “He’s a big, explosive, violent man that can win one-on-one, so yes, he will definitely have a role in the passing game, and he will affect the quarterback in a good way,” Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon said this spring.

Davis won the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Outland Trophy as a senior with the Georgia Bulldogs.

Davis and Dean were both instrumental parts on defense for Georgia, the 2021 NCAA National Football Champions. They will look to once again become instrumental parts in a revamped Eagles defense.

“Nakobe is a high, high football character, highly intelligent, versatile, production was obviously through the roof,” Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon said this spring. “Excited to add him to that room.”

Nakobe Dean was a player that many analysts projected to be drafted in the 1st or 2nd rounds this year. Injury concerns were the reason Dean dropped so far in the draft. If Dean stays healthy he should make an early impact for the Eagles as a rookie.

The Eagles will have several position battles in camp this season, and LB will be one of the major ones with Nakobe Dean. Read more about this here.