NFL Draft: Trey Dean III with big interception in East-West Shrine Bowl

Trey Dean III (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
Trey Dean III (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) /

There are two big All-Star games this week on the road to the 2023 NFL Draft with the East-West Shrine Bowl the first one and played on Thursday night in Las Vegas at Allegiant Stadium. It has been a close back-and-forth matchup between the East and West teams with the two teams trading field goals in the first two quarters and going into halftime tied 3-3.

However, the East appeared to have a great opportunity late in the second quarter to find the end zone until former Florida Gators’ safety Trey Dean III was able to force an interception. The pass by Tanner Morgan was not a bad throw but instead bounced off the hands of his tight end and Trey Dean III was able to run underneath it and return it 16 yards.

Trey Dean III has had a good week of practice leading up to the 2023 NFL Draft

The interception by Trey Dean III in the East-West Shrine Bowl caps off a great week of practice for the safety and was named to the All-West Practice Team.

Trey Dean III played 62 games for the Florida Gators and during that time had 259 total tackles, 13.5 tackles for a loss, five sacks, four interceptions, and 24 passes defended. He began his time at Gainesville as a cornerback after replacing an injured Marco Wilson as a freshman during the 2018 season and had one interception and seven passes defended.

However, he moved to safety and has been there for the past three years for the Florida Gators.

That background as a cornerback certainly helps him in pass coverage and defending those deep passes. He also has the size to play close to the line of scrimmage and defend the run and is a well-rounded safety that is only helping his draft stock with his performance during the East-West Shrine Bowl.