Nick Sirianni understands how rare it is for a pair of college teammates to be on the same defense in the NFL. But for Jordan Davis and Nakobe Dean, the Philadelphia Eagles coach sees it as something to help their transition as rookies in the NFL.

“Most definitely, I think that’s just one less thing, with Nakobe behind Jordan, kind of helping him get lined up, making the call in the huddle, there’s so many things they’re trying to get used to now,” Sirianni said. “He’s heard so many calls of Nakobe making the call in the huddle, and then him executing the call. Any familiarity like that’s going to help. And it’s rare. It’s rare that you get 2 guys from the same team on a team, just because there’s so many teams picking, 32 teams. We’re definitely excited, in many different ways. You go to a new place and you have a familiar face to be able to talk to. It’s not just on the football side, but it’s off the field as well.”

About Dean himself, Sirianni said he’s definitely “all ball, all the time,” and that’s something they knew about him before they drafted the Georgia inside linebacker.

The Eagles also announced that Davis would wear No. 90, and Dean would wear No. 17.