The Georgia Bulldogs are national champions and sit as kings on top of the college football world, thanks to their defense led by linebacker Nakobe Dean. So it comes as no surprise, on Friday, Dean is cashing in on the Bulldogs successful season and is entering the 2022 NFL draft.
The Bulldogs linebacker announced his decision from his personal Instagram account with a letter pinned to Dawg Nation.
“I would first like to thank God, for blessing me to be able to be in this position. If it weren’t for him, I would not be here today. The past three years at the University of Georgia have been nothing short of amazing and I will never forget the unwavering support I have received from the greatest fans in college football,” wrote Dean.
“After much thought and prayer, I have decided to forego my senior year at UGA end declare for the 2022 NFL draft.”
Georgia safety Lewis Cine is headed to the 2022 draft
Following the national championship victory over Alabama on Monday night, players’ decisions about 2022 continue to flow in for Georgia.
After kind messages for “Dawg Nation,” coaches, teachers, family and friends, Cine said one final goodbye to Athens.
“This journey has been one for the history books!” the junior wrote. “After careful consideration, I am excited to share that I have decided to forgo my senior year at UGA and officially declare for the NFL Draft. Mission complete — Agent 16 signing out!”
Cine was named the defensive player of the game on Monday following a seven-tackle performance in which he forced two turnovers. He finished the year with 73 tackles, nine pass break ups and an interception.
The safety hails from outside of Dallas, and he was a four-star prospect out of high school according to On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. On3’s aggregate had him as the No. 2 safety in the state and the No. 7 player overall from Texas.