When the Buccaneers selected Jamel Dean with the 94th overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft, not many knew what kind of player he would be; however, all Dean ended up doing was impress everyone. He began showing promise in camp and that continued to the preseason, and after a touchy first outing during the regular season, he began showing signs that he is going to be a nightmare in the secondary. Pro Football Focus has given Buccaneers’ third-round pick their highest rookie cornerback grade for the 2019 season. During the 2019 campaign, Dean tallied two interceptions (tied for 3rd out of all rookies) for 31-yards (7th in the league for rookies with Sean Murphy-Bunting’s 88 interception return yards, leading all rookies), 19 pass defends (ranked 7th in the league and lead all rookies), and 21 combined tackles. He did this in 5 starts and playing in 33% of the defensive snaps in 13 total games.
Highest graded rookie CB
1. Jamel Dean – 76.4 pic.twitter.com/FHchlFR9T2
— PFF (@PFF) February 5, 2020
More Honors: Week 10 * He is the first Buccaneers to record 4 pass defends in a single game since Brent Grimes achieved it in 2012.
Dean is one of the first Buccaneers defenders since recording PD statistics began in 1999 to record 4 passes defended in two consecutive games, and he is the first to achieve this since Brian Kelly graced a Buccaneers’ uniform(2002).
Dean was given the highest PFF rank of any defender for Week 10 at 95.5. The ranking was higher than that of CB Marcus Peters, who we all know how an outstanding game in week 10 with his 89-yard interception return shortly after being traded by the Rams, and that of Jets’ Safety Jamal Adams. Dean’s PFF ranking was quite impressive considering the company.