By: Steve Johnson
Grant Delpit, S, LSU
6’2 4/8″ 213 lbs
30 3/8″ arms. 9 1/8″ hands. 74 4/8″ wingspan.
DNP 40 DNP″ Vert. DNP″ Broad Jump. DNP Bench Reps.
DNP 3 Cone Drill DNP 20 yard Shuttle
2017: 13 games. 60 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1 int, 8 pass break ups
2018: 13 games. 74 tackles, 9.5 TFL, 5.0 sacks, 5 int (1 yard), 9 pass break ups, 1 FF, 1 FR
2019: 14 games. 65 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 2 sacks, 2 int, 7 pass break ups, 1 FF, 1 FR
Accolades: 2018 First-Team All-SEC, 2018 Consensus All-American, 2019 First-team All-SEC, 2019 Jim Thorpe Award, 2019 Consensus All-American, 2019 CFP National Champion
History: Four-star recruit from Houston. Started his High School career at St. Thomas High School, before transferring to Lamar High School, and finishing his Senior year at High School football powerhouse IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL). He was born in New Orleans, but his family was displaced after Hurricane Katrina.
Strengths: Ideal size. Great closing speed downhill. Can really lay the wood. Good blitzer. Size/toughness to match up with Tight Ends. Brings attitude to the defense. Good anticipation and awareness in zone (specifically underneath). Read and react ability as a run defender is really good. Wore LSU’s #7
Weaknesses: Range as a single high safety is only okay. Doesn’t have the hips or speed to be truly elite here. Hips are too tight to match up 1v1 on receivers. Takes way too many inconsistent angles to the football. Not a wrap up tackler. The missed tackles really stand out on tape. Short arms.
Overview: Delpit was apparently playing through injuries all of 2019, and didn’t continue his 2018 play. He still misses a ton of tackles, diving low, rather than wrapping up. He doesn’t project as a deep safety, as well as he does in the box or as a nickel hybrid. He brings toughness, and when he does connect on ball carriers he is violent. He will go through his growing pains, but he will see the field year one. He projects as a high end starter, with potential to be one of the better players on a defense.
Evaluation based on games. Texas A&M 18, Arkansas 18′, Georgia 18′, Clemson (National Championship) 19′,
Draft Projection: Late 1st Round Pick
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 6.19
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