Nakobe Dean speaks about NFL Draft slide, why it's not his primary motivation
Nakobe Dean will be remembered for his NFL Draft slide that saw him fall to the third round before he was picked by the Philadelphia Eagles.
The former Georgia linebacker spoke about the slide on Friday with reporters, and also shared that he’ll be a full participant in the upcoming minicamp.
“It’s definitely going to stick with me, but it’s not my primary, or my secondary motivation,” Dean said. “… It’s definitely something that’s going to stick with me throughout my playing career.”
Dean admitted that his family motivates him, but also the kids in his hometown, something he remembers as a kid himself.
“I remember growing up in Horn Lake (Mississippi) I didn’t have nobody to look up to,” he said. “So to speak, like what I wanted to be in life, what I wanted to do. I always wanted to be better than everybody, I kind of looked up to. When I go back home, I try to tell the kids, like, ‘I don’t want y’all to be like me, I want you to be better than me. But I’m going to make it hard.’ That’s one of my biggest things.”
Dean was widely seen as a solid first-round pick, but his fall out of the second round became a major storyline early in the draft, and then NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported teams were concerned with a pectoral injury on which Dean declined surgery, along with a meniscus issue.
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