Hall Of Famer Jamel Dean

May 12th, 2020

In just five NFL starts, and some horrid rookie play off the bench, cornerback Jamel Dean opened eyes and turned heads across the NFL last season.

Dean somehow ranked seventh in the NFL last season with 19 pass breakups in limited action. Whatever you think of that stat, it’s undeniable that Dean has a major-league nose for the football — and enough athletic ability to get it.

It’s gotta be a freakin’ NFL record for a cornerback to have more pass breakups than tackles in a season (say a minimum of 10 tackles). Perhaps one of the stat nerds at One Buc Palace already has looked up those numbers. If not, Team Glazer should order someone to do the research as he or she works hard at home to inform and entertain fans.

Joe’s referencing Dean today because he recently was inducted into the Space Coast Sports Hall Of Fame, a fine honor for a kid for that region of Florida.

His induction video below is well done. Joe didn’t realize Dean was such a stud student at Auburn.

27 Responses to “Hall Of Famer Jamel Dean”

  1. TheBucsAnthem Says:


  2. Cobraboy Says:

    Those numbers should not come as any surprise.

    What veteran NFL QB will NOT throw at a rookie CB?

    They just didn’t know his skill set so they tested it to find out.

    Now they know.

  3. Blogtalkfootball.com Says:

    That Seattle game set him up for targets the rest of the season!

  4. 813bucboi Says:

    he improved as the season went on….sign of good coaching…

    lord knows smitty couldnt develop mud if you gave him dirt and water let alone a DB….

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    This kid can play…….stay healthy, Jamel.

  6. rrsrq Says:

    Three all rookie team members from the same high school…

  7. Alaska Abdominal Snowman Says:

    First game Metcalf stoke his lunch money and he reminded me of Leonard “burnt toast” Johnson but to his credit it, he used it as fuel to play very well the rest of the year and even clinched a game with a pass interference errrr I mean pass break up.
    While he showed great promise towards the end, I am still cautious on him because of his injury history. If he can stay healthy and keep on the mental side to pair with his speed and length, he could be a dang good corner.
    Our best CB last year was Carlton Davis though. Why aren’t we talking about that guy more?

  8. SC Bucs Fan Says:

    If – IF – his legs hold out he may be a very valuable piece of a very good Tampa D.

  9. Architek Says:

    He’s a baller

  10. Gettinthebucs Says:

    Dude is an athletic freak. He indeed could be an HOFer when it’s all said and done.

  11. Big_Buc$ Says:

    Dean has a bright future if he stays healthy and they continue to play a scheme to his strength.

  12. Cainishere Says:

    Dean has got a lot of class. We are lucky to have that smooth SOB back there on gamedays 😀

  13. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    Love this kid! We have a lot of talent on the back end. They just need time to develope into a group. I look forward to watch them all grow together.

  14. kyle Says:

    Love this kids story with the knee surgery’s and all! He definitely improved after that Seattle game. I felt sorry for him while Russ was torching him all over the field.

  15. LordCornelius Says:

    He has the most upside of any of the CB’s.

    I’m stoked to see how all 3 young CB’s look this year. If last year wasn’t a fluke and they keep developing / stay mostly healthy we will have something really special

  16. Nick2 Says:

    Very cool love the video and apparently like Joe said this guy is not only a baller but he’s very intelligent too. Great traits for a shutdown corner as all others said lets pray for his health and he could be one of the Buccaneer greats down the road he definitely has the physical tools!!!

  17. Bucsfanman Says:

    LordCornelius- I was thinking the same thing. Both Carlton Davis and SMB played well in spots but Dean “flashed”. If he can build off of that, and Davis and SMB continue to develop, this could be a formidable secondary.
    Throw in Winfield, and man this could get exciting.
    Regardless of who “starts”, you can NEVER have enough competent CBs. I like what I see.

  18. ItzOK Says:

    Dean is the best cover corner on the team. He doesn’t realize how good he is. He had a shaky start but played really well and was in position to make plays on the ball. I love this kid.

  19. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    Man I have been saying this since they drafted him and can copy and paste the text!!!…. This dude will be one of the best corners on the league!! To watch him play is unreal his natural ability to move as tall as he is!!…. BUT …. He has been injured reeeeally bad!! Both knees operated on and I saw him go out a few times last year looking like he was a little unsure about how much he could put out on the field!! … Maybe once these injuries are totally behind him he’ll play with even more confidence!!! … No doubt tho without injury he’ll be a top 5!!!

  20. BucEmUp Says:

    He better not get benched another game

  21. Craig Says:

    He finally got into a system that fits his gifts and the game slowed down for him.

    I don’t think the DBs will be a liability this year, there was some positive development last season and a coach that likes bump and run, what our DBs do best.

  22. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Dean was one of the fastest guys drafted last year, incredible for someone who stands almost 6’2″. He has the hips, length and recovery speed to make the pro-bowl for many years to come. Going to be fun watching this kid.

  23. BradOnBucs Says:

    All you have to do is watch his interviews after the Cardinals game. I gained a lot of respect for him saying he went in Coach Bowles office and asked for more help. Something that I can positively say wasn’t going on in the Lovie/Dirk era.

  24. unbelievable Says:

    I told y’all after the Seattle game- his very 1st start where he got picked on badly, that despite the rough day he had some serious instincts that could blossom with more playing time.

    He’s got a nose for the ball, plain and simple, and uses his hands incredibly well to defend passes.

    I think his future is bright as long as he can stay healthy (big injury history in college)

  25. Kord Says:

    This dude is gonna be awesome for years to come

  26. David Says:

    He looks to be real good. Of course he was thrown at a lot because he was a rookie…. but…. most rookies don’t make that many pass breaks up, not even first rounders.

  27. Bradybru Says:

    He’s a good kid, glad we have him. He’s not arrogant and a know it all