- CProjectionRound 6
- YearRS Junior
- Hand9 ⅛
- Arm31 ¾
Strong Points: Size and strength. Solid press-man skills. Strong jam and mirror ability. Finds the ball when his back is to it. Good run-support player. Consistent tackler.
Weak Points: Not as comfortable in zone and off as he is in press. Gives too much cushion and lacks great footwork in off. Takes extra steps in transition. Zone awareness is average.
The Way We See It: Dean began his college career at Ohio State but left after a semester and transferred to Auburn. He was granted a waiver by the NCAA to play in 2016 but was injured in camp and missed the year. He was a starter the last two seasons, when he showed some desirable press talent. He currently lacks the footwork and anticipation to be more than adequate in off and zone. But with Dean's size and strength, he can play the run and tackle. He must be drafted by a press team, and I doubt he ascends above a CB4, but he's a late pick with some upside and strong special-teams potential.