Four years ago Jamal Dean was recovering from a knee injury that left Ohio State not wanting him on the team any more. He wanted a chance to prove them wrong and Auburn was his opportunity. Dean will be proving the doubters wrong after being chosen by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2019 NFL Draft Friday night.
Dean was the first Auburn player off the board in this year's draft after being selected in the third round, pick 94. Dean will join former Auburn defensive back Carlton Davis in the defensive backfield for Tampa Bay.
Dean has been a consistent factor at cornerback for the past two seasons at Auburn.
He will be the second in what seems to be a new tradition of Auburn cornerbacks being drafted after Davis went to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year.
The past two seasons have been successful as Dean recorded 45 solo tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack and 2 interceptions to round out his career. This all comes of a series of knee injuries dating all the way back to his days at Ohio State. This left his draft stock fairly low before recording a 4.3 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine.
Dean helped bolster Auburn's defense to a top-15 unit in the country.
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