Dean Says Teams Held Old Injuries Against Him

May 11th, 2019

Bucs rookie Jamel Dean

How does a successful, very long cornerback from a big program, a guy who ran a 4.30-second, 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, get drafted near the end of the third round?

That description fits Bucs third-round pick Jamel Dean out of Auburn, who said he’s sure NFL teams passed on him in the draft because of major knee injuries far in his past.

After he proclaimed that to local media before his debut Bucs rookie minicamp practice yesterday, Joe asked Dean whether anything tied to old injuries either has lingering effects or affected his development.

“Oh, my knees don’t even give me any problems anymore. The fact that it keep coming up, it was like, one happened in high school and one happened like three years ago,” Dean said. “So it’s really not an issue anymore.”

Dean, who went on to flash in rookie practice, said his physical struggles “made me a better person along the way.”

A very mature-sounding young man, Dean was an all-state high school receiver in Florida back in 2014.

13 Responses to “Dean Says Teams Held Old Injuries Against Him”

  1. rrsrq Says:

    Players with chips on their shoulder will get this team where it needs to:
    Devin White – no off the ball LB drafted that high
    Sean Murphy Bunting – who
    Jamel Deal – injures
    Noah Spence – forgotten
    Shaquil Barrett – opportunity
    Nassib – not a fluke
    VHIII – it was the defense
    Conte – I’m just kidding
    Jameis – desire

  2. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    White is guessing that is the reason…because there is no way he could know for sure.

    So what he’s really trying to do is justify himself being drafted so late. Fine with me if he convinces himself of that and plays with a chip on his shoulder, but this comes off as more like an excuse…hope more are not coming.

  3. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    rrsrq Says:
    “Conte – I’m just kidding”


  4. Player 1 Says:

    rrsrq Says:
    May 11th, 2019 at 2:30 pm
    “Conte – I’m just kidding”

    That, is hilarious. Got my blood pumping when i first read the name

  5. geno711 Says:

    The draft guru that I prefer had this to say on him:

    A two-year starter at Auburn, Dean battled back from injuries to start the last two seasons as the Tigers’ boundary cornerback. He suffered three major knee injuries prior to his first collegiate game, but the only contest he missed the last two seasons was due to a shoulder issue. Although not a sudden player, Dean is balanced in his transition with above-average speed to match the vertical stretch of receivers. He needs to improve his decisiveness from zone coverage and doesn’t play with the desired competitive mean streak for press-man work. Overall, Dean has elite size, length and speed for the position, but the absence of burst causes him to labor vs. savvy route runners and his long-term durability is a concern.


    Rrsrq lmmfao😂😂😂
    Conte isnt that bad bro lol but that was funny af

  7. Mike Johnson Says:

    Good luck Mr. Dean. We shall see. Those knees are gonna have to withstand hits and pressure you’ve not seen at the college level. We are pulling for you. You’ve had several..Knne and shoulder issues throughout your career thus far. You now have graduated to the bigboy league. Grab some wood. I hope you are durable.

  8. Tom S. Says:

    I liked the selection in the late 3rd. It’s a gamble given his injury history, and yes Dean was medically disqualified from playing at OSU and Urban Meyer was prepared to let him go to college with his scholarship without ever playing a snap for him. So there are legitimate concerns about the condition and progression of his knee injuries but 6-2 corners who run 4.3 40’s and have some success starting in the SEC don’t grow on trees so it’s a worthwhile gamble.

  9. Magadude Says:

    How? Because the Bucs draft guys like this. And they are out of the NFL within four years.

    Yeah, I hope Dean does well, but I expect nothing. It’s best that way. Not going to be fooled again.

    Shut up dude, and play. 2000th CB drafted in three years. I don’t want to hear a peep until you are finishing your second INT and showing serious skill. Joe, who gives a crap about High School? Yeah, all you got, but let’s be real here. Use the Derrick Brooks way…no credit until it’s proven. Talk talk talk means nothing.

  10. 321BucFan Says:

    Make all those teams that past on you pay Dean, glad the Bucs drafted you !
    As a fellow Cocoa High Alum hope you kick butt in training camp and make the final 52. I’ll be @ the stadium for every home game and be your biggest fan!

  11. FairMinded Says:

    So we drafted at least 3 guys with 4.3 speed? Hopefully that pays off who knows

  12. View from 132 Says:

    Did anyone else read this and think… “wait, high school in 2014 and he’s in the NFL!?” Man, feeling old.

  13. #1bucsfan Says:

    Yes view very much