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Cooper DeJean signs his rookie contract

Cooper DeJean
Cooper DeJean

The Eagles took Cooper DeJean in the second round (40th overall) of the 2024 NFL Draft after trading up with Washington. The versatile defensive back out of Iowa officially signed his four-year rookie contract on Monday.

Here are five things to know about DeJean:

1. DeJean dominated the tough competition in the Big Ten in 2023, being named the Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year. He was also a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, recognizing the nation's top collegiate defensive back.

2. Pro Football Focus has charted 267 corners drafted in the last decade, only two of them were credited with giving up fewer explosive passes of 15-plus yards than DeJean, who gave up a catch that long on just 0.3 percent of his targets in 2023.

"The guy has every tool in his body," Executive Vice President/General Manager Howie Roseman said. "He is an elite athlete, elite competitor. You know, he's done really everything on the football field. We haven't even talked about his ability to return and make key plays.

"You know, you get a chance, and you talk to people at Iowa, and they talk about how legendary of a player, of a career that this guy has had, his ability to make big plays in big moments of a game."

3. Per Pro Football Focus, the 21-year-old did not allow a touchdown in coverage last season. In 2022, he finished the year tied for the FBS lead with three interceptions returned for touchdowns.

4. At Odebolt-Arthur-Battle Creek-Ida Grove Community High School, DeJean also lettered in baseball, basketball, and track. As a senior, he was an Iowa Class 2A Track and Field State Champion in the 100-meter dash and long jump.

"Yeah, I think each sport that I played, I think it helped the other," DeJean said. "You know, whether it's football and basketball, track, the explosiveness in track, the speed; basketball, change of direction – a lot of it translates over to football. I loved playing sports growing up, so playing four sports was a no-brainer for me in high school.

"But I think just playing all four sports really helped me a lot just to -- the way you think about the game, see things in different positions, different spots, different areas, whatever it is."

5. In college, DeJean was an electric return man. He was the Big Ten Return Specialist of the Year in 2023 and returned 31 punts for 406 yards and one touchdown.

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