The 2020 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future and The Game Haus will be doing scouting reports on some of the top prospects. Here is the Grant Delpit 2020 NFL Draft profile.
Size: 6-foot-3, 203 pounds
2019 stats: 65 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 2 interceptions, 2 passes defended, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery
Delpit was a four-star recruit who spent parts of his high school career in Texas and Florida. Even though he wasn’t the highest-rated recruit that LSU signed, Delpit was one of the most successful and is now a coveted draft prospect.
He saw action early on in his career, appearing in all 13 games as a freshman with 60 tackles, one interception and eight passes defended. The Tigers won nine games that season. Delpit was a leader on the team as a sophomore, as he had 74 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, five interceptions and nine passes defended. His play helped LSU to 10 wins, which included a victory over UCF in the Fiesta Bowl. He made an impact again in 2019, as his 65 total tackles, two sacks, two interceptions and seven passes defended helped him win the Jim Thorpe Award. LSU had a perfect season with Delpit’s help.
After a great college career that saw him win plenty of individual and team awards, Delpit has decided to go pro. While he isn’t a lock to be drafted in the first round, he is in play to be the first safety selected in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Delpit’s ability to cover will have teams wanting him at the backend of their defense. He is good in zone coverage because of his ability to read what an offense is doing. His deep zone coverage is especially good. Delpit also has the ability to match up with receivers and tight ends alike, making him good in man coverage as well.
His athleticism is among the best in the class for safeties. He is fast enough to keep up with receivers, but also has the strength and jumping ability to go up for jump balls with tight ends. Delpit’s speed and overall athletic ability gives his defense a different dimension.
He also has good ball skills. Delpit has the ability to catch interceptions or go up and swat the football down if necessary. At LSU, when the ball was thrown in his area, he was usually a threat to make the play. If he didn’t get a hand on the ball, he was able to time up his hit on the receiver well to make them drop the ball.
The biggest thing that jumps out on tape is Delpit’s missed tackles. He has the size to be able to hit players hard, but he seems to dive at ball carriers’ legs a lot. When he does this he misses tackles and allows opponents to make big gains.
His ability to stop the run is also limited. Delpit doesn’t always shed blocks well and has trouble getting to the ball carrier. Once he gets to the ball carrier, his tackling issues come up. If he improves his tackling, his run defense can vastly improve, but until that point he can’t be counted on against the run.
Delpit’s competitive toughness will come into question because of his tackling issues. At times it seems like he is disinterested in making contact and making the play. Whether it is because of a clavicle injury he had in 2018 or just that he doesn’t have the drive to make the tackle is up in the air, so medical information will be vital for teams’ evaluations of him.
Projected Draft Range: First Round Pick-Second Round Pick
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