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PHILADELPHIA The slide is a part of his story now. Theres no erasing it.Nakobe Dean could become the next Ray Lewis, and the fact that he surprisingly dropped out of the first round and was there when the Eagles took him after 82 players had gone ahead of him in the draft will always be there.Thatll definitely going to be something that sticks with me, he said on Friday, the first day of the Eagles two-day Kosuke Fukudome Jersey rookie camp. Its not my primary or secondary source of motivation. Or my tertiary. But its going to be something that sticks with me throughout my playing career.Dean was the heartbeat on one of the best college defenses in the history of college football, with seven players selected from it in the first three rounds of the draft, which was a record for most players from the same school picked over that span.Its not the heart, however, that caused Dean to drop, but a shoulder.There were late, pre-draft concerns that surgery was recommended for a pec strain, but Dean declined. It turned out to not be true, the linebacker said after the draft. He did have surgery on his right shoulder for a torn labrum in early 2021.Its a concern, but in Philadelphia, there is still a good portion of the fan base that cant believe he is with the Eagles judging by some responses to a picture of him meeting with reporters on Chicago Cubs T-Shirts Friday that was posted on social media.The concern over a potentially balky shoulder, however, is overshadowed by his good friend and longtime teammate at Georgia who will now be a longtime teammate of his with the Eagles, Jordan Davis.We talk on the phone all the time, Dean said about Davis. Were friends. Hes a good friend of mine, so were always talking on the phone about everything. Since weve been here, weve been talking every day Mike Montgomery Jersey . It feels good to be back on the field with him.I feel like its going to help me from the standpoint of getting more comfortable. Hes such an easy-going guy. He gets comfortable with people fast. If I see how hes interacting with everybody, thatll help me be more comfortable and get more connected with the team.Scroll to ContinueAt 5-11, 229 pounds, Dean relies on his quickne s, instincts, and intelligence to make plays.He entered the draft early so he has yet to complete his degree in mechanical engineering but said that no matter what he does, he will go back to get it. He may even pursue pre-med if, I feel like doing chemistry.Dean added that he wants to work on prosthetics since his mom is an Army veteran, serving before he was born, and he has been to veterans’ hospitals and saw veterans who have lost limbs.Right now, though, its time for football.Dean said he was expecting to do everything at rookie Ron Santo Jersey camp that was asked of him on the field, a place some veterans cant wait to see what he can do.Oooh, that boys going to be sideline to sideline, said veteran edge Brandon Graham last week. Its just all about him coming in, knowing the plays, knowing exactly where (defensive coordinator) coach (Jonatha) Gannon wants him to be, and playing at a high level. I definitely know hes going to come here and be able to help this team. (He will) have that chip on his shoulder when you see the draft and how the picks went. Its just really all about your mindset, your attitude. I hope he comes in with a great attitude because of what I see on tape and what I saw him do against Michigan (in the college football championship semifinals in January). Im hoping its a duplicate of what hes going to do here Jon Lester Jersey .Dean had five solo tackles with a sack and two tackles for lo s in that 34-11 win. No matter what he did in that game or during the Bulldogs championship season, wasn’t enough to stop his draft slide.A little disappointed, but Im grateful that he has a home and that he has a spot, said his friend, defensive tackle, and first-round Eagles pick, Davis.Its great for the Eagles. Nakobe is a first-round caliber player. I believe that, no matter where he got picked. Its not where you start. Its how you finish. And Im sure Nakobe is going to finish as one of the greats when hes all done.

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