Auburn, Alabama — Jamel Dean’s journey to the NFL Draft has been far from easy.
When he first turned up on campus in 2015, he was forced to redshirt due to injury.
In his first year playing collegiately, he racked up 43 tackles for the season, 23 solo tackles.
The 6-foot-2, 208-pound cornerback has declared for the 2019 NFL Draft, where he’s projected to be a second or third round pick.
Here are a few things to know about Dean.
Jamel Dean almost thought his football career was over
During his senior year of high school, Dean tore the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his right knee.
He had already accepted a scholarship at Ohio State, and upon early enrollment, he was evaluated by Ohio State medical staff, which declared him as medically ineligible.
Dean then saw Dr. James Andrews, a world-renowned orthopedic surgeon, to be examined. Andrews said his issue was strengthening the quad muscles.
Dean then transferred to Auburn University in May of 2015.
As a sophomore in high school, Dean clocked in a blazing 100-meter time of 10.63 seconds.
Through all the injuries, Dean has lost his speed, clocking in a time of 4.31 seconds at the NFL Combine.
A student-athlete must have a grade point average of 3.00 or above for either the preceding academic year or have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above at the institution to earn SEC academic honors.
As a junior and senior, Dean earned Southeastern Conference academic honors.
Dean is no stranger to receiving high achievement in academics. He graduated high school with a 3.8 GPA.