The rise of UDFA Jhavonte Dean

Each year at rookie mini-camp an unexpected player will get a chance to make the Browns final 53-man roster. This year one of those is Miami (FL) Hurricanes cornerback Jhavonte Dean.

Dean the 6’2 192 pound defensive back played 2 years with Miami finishing his time at the U with 28 tackles 5 passes defended and 3 interceptions. While the production wasn’t high volume, it was however enough to get the Browns attention.

Dean can also run a 4.40 giving him the speed he’ll need to compete at the next level. Before watching Building The Browns: 2019 Rookie Mini-camp I didn’t know much about Dean. But it was clear that he quickly won over head coach Freddie Kitchens.
When a player goes undrafted the odds of making a 53-man roster become even more difficult. Each practice is a hurdle that the player must overcome either a veteran or drafted rookie. With only 3 days of non-padded camp, Dean was able to complete the first task of beating out veteran CB Ashton Lampkin.

Lampkin also a UDFA was signed by GM John Dorsey to the Chiefs roster May 6th of 2017. Lampkin torn his ACL and never played a snap he was then later released with an injury designation. Dorsey was quick to add him to the Browns roster.

Wanting to learn more about the new defensive back I re-watched LSU vs. Miami (2018). In that game defensive back #2, Trajan Bandy was ejected giving #6 Dean ample playing time. Turning in 4 tackles and multiple pass breakups he performed well as a fill in. Browns #46 draft pick Greedy Williams only turned in 1 tackle that game.

I took a small snippet of film from the game courtesy of the NCAAF so you can see how Dean performed.

After watching a few other games what stood out was his ability to track the ball and finish a play. Dean is also not afraid to tackle.

It’s not going to be an easy road for Jhavonte Dean to make that final 53-man roster with only 2 spots likely open. Dean will however start with one advantage; he has the love from coach Kitchens. Jhavonte Dean is on the rise and a name to watch during the Browns 2019 training camp.


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