TOJ’s DraftSZN Presents Dylan’s Dimes: Week 11 Edition

The Jets continued their stretch of poor defensive performances in a 45-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills. The defense looked lifeless and, for the fourth week in a row, gave up over 34 points. Three of those four games saw the opposing team put up more than 40 points. The Jets lack talent on defense but, luckily, any of these three players could immediately make an impact on this defense.

Introduction:

Dylan’s Dimes will be a ten step breakdown of three of the biggest draft eligible players taking the field in some of the biggest matchups each week. I analyze background, on the field performance, off the field traits, opinions around the NCAA, all leading up to the dropping the dime on how they could fit with gang green.

1/10-The Prospects:

Leading off this week is a core piece of the top team in the nation. His athleticism and versatility has allowed the No.1 Georgia Bulldogs to use him in a variety of packages. He is mr. unlimited, LB, Nakobe Dean.

The Utah football program has excelled this season and as they come off a massive win against No.3 Oregon, they are going to count on their defense to keep them in a competitive game. The heart and soul of that defense this season has been LB, Devin Lloyd, the second player going through the wringer this week.

Rounding out the pack this week is an athletic and ferocious edge rusher from the University of South Carolina. He’s a game wrecker capable of disrupting the play constantly. That player is DE, Kingsley Enagbare.

2/10-The Measurables:

Dean:

-Height: 6’0”

-Weight: 225lbs

-Year: Junior

-From: Horn Lake, MS

Lloyd:

-Height: 6’3”

-Weight: 235lbs

-Year: Junior

-From: Chula Vista, CA

Enagbare:

-Height: 6’4”

-Weight: 260lbs

-Year: Senior

-From: Atlanta, GA

3/10-The Background:

Dean:

Dean graduated from Horn Lake High School in Mississippi. While there, Dean played four sports, track, baseball, basketball, and football. Dean played both sides of the ball, but garnered attention as one of the nation’s top linebackers. In 2018, he received the High School Butkus award as the top linebacker in the country. He was a 2019 All-American game participant and after receiving loads of interest from seemingly every top program, Dean opted to attend Georgia. At Georgia, it’s been a story of constant development. As Dean has learned the scheme, adapted to tougher competition and utilized his athleticism in various facets, Dean has become a top defensive player in the nation.

Lloyd:

Where Nakobe Dean was a highly touted high school prospect, Lloyd was not. Lloyd had a quieter high school career, playing both sides of the football as well. Lloyd excelled in coverage and projected more as a safety at the next level. Lloyd received one power five offer, from Utah, where he ultimately committed. At Utah, Lloyd sat behind his elders, learned the linebacker position and grew into one of the top players in the PAC-12, and now the country.

Enagbare:

Kingsley Enagbare has always been someone who drew attention. He’s a gifted player, but above all else he’s a talented athlete. At Hapeville Charter Academy, he put on a show week in and week out. As a senior he was honored with the Class AA Defensive Player of the Year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Enagbare garnered interest from a few schools before opting to join the Gamecocks in South Carolina. Enagbare has not put up the same eye catching numbers as others in the class, but make no mistake his impact is always prevalent.

4/10-The Performance:

Statistics:

Dean:

2020: 10 games, 71 tackles, 1.5 TFLs and 1.5 sacks.

2021: 11 games, 50 tackles, 7.0 TFLs, 4.5 sacks, 2 INTs, 1 TD and a FF.

Lloyd:

2020: 5 games, 48 tackles, 10.0 TFLs, 2.0 sacks and a FF.

2021: 11 games, 91 tackles, 21.0 TFLs, 6.0 sacks, 3 INTs, 1 TD, 1 FR and a FF.

Enagbare:

2020: 8 games, 30 tackles, 7.0 TFLs, 6.0 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.

2021: 11 games, 41 tackles, 7.0 TFLs, 4.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a recovery.

5/10-The Good:

Dean:

It’s hard to poke a lot of holes in a player as well rounded as Nakobe Dean. On the field Dean plays with elite level tackling range, incredible play speed and excels in coverage as a linebacker. As a former safety, his athleticism is apparent as he plays the linebacker position in a way that few can. He flies all over the field with a high motor that’s constantly present. Dean anchors one of the top defenses in the country, and he’s been touted by many as the glue of the defense, and a top tier leader. On and off the field, Dean brings a lot of good to the table.

Lloyd:

Devin Lloyd is a true defensive captain. His communication and football intelligence is up there with some of the best. He provides a high enough football IQ to make up for athletic advantages players like Nakobe Dean may have over him. His reads are incredibly impressive and his versatility allows him to constantly take advantage of mismatches. Lloyd is a strong pass rusher, very good in coverage and excellent in run support. He can do just about everything you ask of him, and those types of players are a dime in a dozen.

Enagbare:

The first and most conclusive takeaway I had on who Kingsley Enagbare is as a player is the statement that I jotted down in my notes after just a few minutes of watching film. That statement is “all out, all the time”. Every play, no matter if he gets beat at the line, Enagbare does not give up. His motor is outstanding, he’s a hard hitter, his pass rush moves are strong, his bullrush is impressive and his run defense is generally very good. He’s a high instinct player who plays with constant swagger. Enagbare is a physical specimen capable of wrecking a game at any given moment.

6/10-The Bad:

Dean:

Dean is an excellent run defender, but his impact in the passing game is lackluster at points. Dean utilizes his coverage abilities well, but he struggles to impact the game as a pass rusher, he fails to read passing plays as well as others in the class. Dean is slightly undersized, but that can be overcome. Overall, Dean is still a very good player, but his ability to affect the passing game could improve.

Lloyd:

Lloyd does a lot of things really well, there are just some aspects of his game that could stand to improve. His footwork is inconsistent and it puts him at a disadvantage at points. He can be overzealous and a little too aggressive and can tend to disregard patience and try to make a big play. These are two big aspects of his game that could be refined to make him a more well developed prospect.

Enagbare:

This class is very deep with edge rushing talent, and a lot of the top tier guys in this class have put up big numbers. Enagbare reminds me of Odafe Oweh and how his athleticism showed that he could be a bigger producer at the next level. The problem with athletic freaks like Enagbare and Oweh is they can be hit or miss. Enagbare can still impact the game no matter what the stat sheet says, but proven production goes a long way at the next level and you run the risk that doesn’t develop with Enagbare.

7/10-The Focus of Improvement:

Dean: Impact the Passing Game

Lloyd: Skills Refinement

Enagbare: Improve Production

8/10-The Potential:

Dean:

The Isaiah Simmons comparisons are going to flood in from now until April. Dean is a safety/linebacker hybrid who can be used in a variety of packages and schemes. Dean is a non scheme specific Swiss army knife. If used the right way Dean has potential to be a long term starter at the next level. If he struggles to find a fit, like Simmons he could get off to a slow start at first. The potential is there though and Dean will fare well at the next level.

Lloyd:

Where Dean provides non traditional hybrid versatility, Lloyd provides positional versatility that can allow him to provide value in a multitude of schemes. Lloyd is a confident player with high football I.Q. who will transition very well to the NFL. Lloyd is an instinctual playmaker who can reach a pro bowl potential. Lloyd is a safe bet to be a long term starter, with a ceiling of being a pro bowler year in and year out.

Enagbare:

I see Enagbare fitting that Oweh style I mentioned above where he produces higher at the NFL level than he did in college. His relentless motor, intelligence and size and speed make him an easy bet to be a rotational pass rusher immediately. From there, Enagbare can become a long term starter over time.

9/10-The Outside Opinion:

Dean:

“Nakobe Dean simply has everything that it takes to be a very good linebacker in the NFL and he’s already proven it at the college level. There are a few other linebackers who deserve LB1 consideration in the 2022 NFL Draft like Alabama’s Christian Harris and Utah’s Devin Lloyd, however as of now I give Dean the edge.”- Evan Bachman, Fansided

Lloyd:

“Lloyd projects as a starting weakside linebacker early on in his career as his coverage ability, length and athleticism are what NFL teams desire at the position. Whether he can develop into a quality starter is dependent on him improving as a run defender. Defensive coordinators can move Lloyd around and allow his defense to disguise looks if required.” -Lorenz Leinweber, Sports Illustrated

Enagbare:

“When he hits, he hits hard. Those abilities — combined with a violent disposition — make him a danger to quarterbacks across the nation.”-Oliver Hodgkinson, Pro Football Network

10/10-The Fit:

Dean:

Dean does things your traditional linebacker just shouldn’t do. Being able to hang with running backs, receivers and tight ends and legitimately hold your own is something few players could do. Dean can play like a safety, but also excel as a captain of the defense. He’s instinctual and picks and chooses when to attack or drop back. His versatility is going to suit him well in terms of overall value, but for the Jets, Dean might not be a better fit than Lloyd. For the Jets, Dean’s versatility could actually be a gift and a curse. His athleticism and IQ can allow him to thrive in a variety of packages, and Robert Saleh would assuredly have fun using him all over. With Lloyd though, you know you are getting someone who can immediately slot in the ideal role Saleh wants his linebackers to play. Dean wouldn’t necessarily fit as well as Lloyd in that respect, but if Saleh is looking to add the better athlete and weapon, then he will push Joe Douglas to go for Dean over Lloyd.

Lloyd:

Both Dean and Lloyd are exceptional talents, but for the Jets, Lloyd may get the edge. Lloyd plays a more traditional MIKE role but adds versatility as a pass rusher. Not only that, but his abilities in coverage will open things up for Robert Saleh to use him in a variety of different ways in his scheme. Lloyd plays similar to Fred Warner and Bobby Wagner, two guys who Saleh has coached and seen the impact they can have on a game. Adding Lloyd could give the Jets a young anchor to the defense. The only qualm could be C.J. Mosley, given his high cap hit, it will be hard to move on, plus, he’s played very well this year. Mosley could move over to a WILL role or a different role that allows Lloyd to play more comfortably and the Jets to still utilize Mosley’s talents.

Enagbare:

Enagbare is a freak athlete with disruptive abilities reminiscent of the guy he would play opposite of. Carl Lawson has never been a monster sack producer, but he’s constantly a league leader in pressures. Enagbare has not been a big producer in college, but he constantly causes disruption, and having two players capable of disrupting the play constantly is a huge asset. Enagbare can solidify a strong duo of the edge with Lawson that could open things up for the rest of the defense. For a team that’s lacked a true pass rusher for decades, having two would be a treat.