Jamel Dean

Auburn

Prospect Info

College
Auburn
Hometown
Class
FL
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
206 lbs
31 3/4”
Hands
9 1/8”

Prospect Grade

5.73
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
Round 3 ‧ Pick 31
Go to Pick
40 Yard Dash
4.3u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
16
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
41.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
130.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.02
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.19
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

Playlist

Dean's collegiate career started off on a sour note, as he was medically disqualified to play football by Ohio State due to his suffering multiple knee injuries in high school. He sat out 2015, transferring from Columbus to Auburn, which cleared him to play. Dean suffered yet another knee injury in preseason 2016 camp, which sidelined him for the year. Finally healthy in 2017, he started 11 of 14 games for the Tigers, collecting 43 stops, 2.5 for loss and eight pass breakups. He started 11 of 12 games played in 2018, recording 30 stops, two for loss, two interceptions and nine pass breakups. Dean was a highly-recruited prospect despite those knee injuries because he was a two-time first-team Class 4A All-State pick at Cocoa High School (15 receiving TD as a senior) in Florida.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 3-4
Overview
Dean's combination of height, weight and speed will get the conversation started off in the right direction for NFL evaluators, but there is no way around the fact that multiple knee surgeries will be a cause for concern in those same circles. His length and ability to disrupt catch space is a big plus in his favor and he has the athletic ability to play in a variety of coverages. However, he needs more consistent competitiveness and better technique for the next level.
Strengths
  • Above-average size/speed combination
  • Carries a proportional frame with very long arms
  • Has lateral quickness to stay in position from press
  • Physical in crowding receivers against the boundary
  • Accelerates quickly to top speed and carries it with him deep
  • Consistently harasses and crowds catch space
  • Sinks and stutters feet for short-area change of direction
  • Allowed less than 40 percent completion rate in 2018
  • Long arms to punch and separate from blocking receivers
  • Speedy to cut of angle in run support
  • Has special teams experience as a gunner
Weaknesses
  • Just one season as a starter at Auburn
  • Potential medical red flags
  • Has had three major knee surgeries dating back to high school
  • High-cut with movements that can be leggy
  • Plays too upright in space
  • Flat-footed and grabby at the stem from off-man coverage
  • Average competitiveness when he's challenged
  • Too much slap-fighting with man across from him
  • Inactive from backside in pursuit
  • Hangs back in run support and doesn't scramble the edge
Sources Tell Us

"He's one of the guys I like because he's big and can run and can challenge the jump balls. I hate small cornerbacks." -- AFC defensive backs coach
GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league