2. Nakobe Dean, Linebacker
A third-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft out of Georgia, Nakobe Dean was seen as a high-value selection on Day 2. As a rookie, however, he didn't get to see the field as much as he would have liked. While he did play in all 17 games for the Eagles, he had just 34 snaps on their base defense, compared to 340 on special teams.
In 2023, the roles flipped for him as he started four games while playing in five. He was hardly on special teams any longer with just 32 snaps for them while taking 182 in the base defense. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to stay on the field this time due to injuries.
Dean suffered a foot injury in Week 1 and was sidelined for more than a month. He returned on Oct. 15 and played four games before a Lisfranc injury sent him to the IR. This came just one week after posting a career-high 13 tackles with two going for a loss against the Miami Dolphins.
Looking ahead to 2024, there's a chance new defensive coordinator Vic Fangio will decide to roll with Dean as one of the starting linebackers. There's also a chance they try and see if they can get something in return for someone who is slightly undersized and might have issues staying healthy in the long run.