Pros (+): Extremely long, lanky, and slender build. Possesses a smooth back pedal and efficient with getting in and out of his breaks when patterns are directly downhill from him. Dean III is at his best when he can zone turn and play half a man with his back turned to the sideline. Effective in press bail techniques where he can strike his hands quickly and then retreat immediately backwards to ensure that concepts remain in his sightline. Better at playing the eyes of the quarterback in cover 3 structures than the heavy amount of man coverage that the Gators run. Early on during the 2019 season, he was incorporated into the slot to challenge bigger targets in those areas. From the coaching staff, there was talk about experimenting with him at safety, but no spring practices (pandemic) eliminated that possibility. He’s expected to remain at cornerback for the 2020 season.
Cons (–): Dean III has struggled to turn and run in man coverage and doesn’t adequately use his length to suffocate throwing windows. Transitioning in and out of breaks can be a bit challenging when targets are able to accelerate past him with ease. Once beaten, it is tough for him to play catch up because of a bigger frame and the difficulties that come with moving his parts to reappear. Played a bit out of scheme in Florida man heavy tactic and teams that play predominantly zone coverage may find him more appealing as a result.