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Cowboys Draft Target: LSU Safety Grant Delpit

Analyzing Grant Delpit’s strengths, weaknesses, and his potential fit with the Dallas Cowboys.

In the coming weeks and months I will be breaking down potential prospects for the Dallas Cowboys to determine their strengths, weaknesses, and potential fit with the organization. Today, I want to take a look at a former LSU Tiger who could be in play for the Cowboys in the first-round of the 2020 NFL Draft with the 17th overall pick.

NAME: Grant Delpit

POSITION: Safety

SCHOOL: LSU

CONFERENCE: SEC

CLASS: Junior

JERSEY: No. 7

RECRUITMENT RATING: 4-star

HT: 6’3″

WT: 201 lbs

DOB: 9/20/1998

Highlights:

Pros:

As far as what teams look for in a safety, Grant Delpit checks all of the boxes. He has the size teams covet and the skill set to be an impact player from Day 1.

Delpit is an absolute aminal playing forward. Confident player when making a play on the ball in click and close situations. Rangy. Fluid. Extremely versatile in coverage. Can play in a heavy man or zone defensive scheme. Incredible ball skills. Knows how to secure takeaways and disrupt at the catch point.

Has proven to be an effective blitzer. Willing tackler who shows no fear when playing downhill. Intelligent, instinctive, and has a very high football IQ. Versatile. Has played both free and strong safety, as well as nickel/overhang. Shows really good competitive toughness. Always around the ball. Playmaker/ball hawk.

Cons:

Other than the broken clavicle he sustained in 2018, the biggest weakness in Grant Delpit’s game is his inconsistency as a tackler. He is willing enough and has a physical makeup to improve in this area, but his technique is poor and will need to be cleaned up at the next level. He’s far too willing to arm tackle or drop his head when trying to cut the ballcarrier down low.

If there is another weakness to Delpit’s game it is he needs to a better job of disengaging from blocks. But, all of this is correctable with better coaching at the next level.

Cowboys Fit:

For a team who has avoided investing much in the safety position for years, Grant Delpit’s fit with the Dallas Cowboys is an obvious one. He would immediately step in and not only solidify the backend of the Cowboys defense, but upgrade it as well. He could very well be the centerpiece of the defense for years to come, much like Darren Woodson was during his playing days.

In Delpit, the Cowboys would be getting a player with rare traits seldomly seen in a safety prospect. His instincts, intelligence, and blend of skills are unmatched in this year’s draft class and quite possibly in the NFL as well. He would provide flexibility to the Cowboys secondary and can play a variety of roles. He is an immediate impact player from Day 1, with the Pro Bowl potential.

What do you think?

Brian Martin

Written by Brian Martin

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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  1.  Grant Delpit*, S, LSU 
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 208. 
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55. 
    Projected Round (2020): 1-2. 
    1/11/20: In 2019, Delpit has 59 tackles, two interceptions, one sack and seven passes broken up. He had mixed games against Texas and Georgia, but played well versus Utah State and put together an impressive tape against Florida. Delpit has not played as well as his sophomore season with some missed tackles, but he has shown some versatility, playing coverage downfield as a single high free safety, displaying man-coverage skills on tight ends, and serving as an eighth man in the box. Delpit looks like he has the potential to be an interchangeable safety who can play strong or free safety with the ability to make a real impact on game day. 

    https://youtu.be/5145haqfUs0

    Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama 
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 197. 
    Projected 40 Time: 4.53. 
    Projected Round (2020): 1-2. 
    1/11/20: McKinney had 95 tackles with three interceptions, three sacks, five passes defended and four forced fumbles in 2019. He was a steady and good safety for Alabama, displaying his versatility. McKinney has shown the ability to be a jack-of-all-trades in the secondary, as he can contribute in man coverage on tight ends and wide receivers, can play deep zone free safety, also has the strength to tackle and can be the eighth man in the box. McKinney has size, speed, athleticism and upside for the NFL. 

    https://youtu.be/oLpYSjV4Q0Y

    I’ll take Xavier McKinney over Grant Delpit any day of the week. That is, of course, if monster DT Javon Kinlaw is already off the board by the time the Cowboys draft by the 17th pick.

    • I actually have both Grant Delpit and Xavier McKinney ranked neck and neck. I think if the Cowboys are looking for more of a coverage safety they’d probably go with Delpit. Not to say McKinney isn’t good in coverage, but I think he is better around the line of scrimmage. I’d personally be happy with either one.

  2. Brian,
    I definitely believe we need a Safety. I started reviewing the old staff philosophy on the unimportance of Safety and as Tomsula said: “juicy fat boys” for the Defensive Line. Not giving up the BIG PLAY was also a part of the defense’s view.
    I think that is why our CBs were not ballhawks. They were always more concerned with breaking up the pass. You go after interceptions and you increase the risk of the big play. If we had better safeties, it follows that we could take more risk at going after the ball. We’d have that 3rd barrier.
    I’d like to see us go after a CB in the 1st round, especially if we are unable to resign Byron or AB. We have Chido, Jourdan, and Xavier in their final year.
    First Rd CBs possibly available @ #17: Trevon Diggs, Alabama (6-2, 202, 4.42), Kristian Fulton, LSU (6-0, 194, 4.46), CJ Henderson, Florida (6-1, 196, 4.43) and possibly Jeff Gladney. They won’t be there for us at #51.
    Go for a Safety in the 2nd – Ashtyn Davis, California (6-1, 201, 4.44) or Kyle Dugger, Lenoir-Rhyne (6-1, 218, 4.45).
    FYI – I won’t be pouting if we grab either Delpit or McKinney and it will be interesting to see if Will McClay goes with Best Player Available because we have several holes to fill.

    • I really like the idea of the Cowboys going CB and S in some kind of combination with their first two picks. And you’re right, it’s going to be tougher to get a starting caliber CB in the second. But players like AJ Terrell (Clemson), Noah Igbinoghene (Auburn), Damon Arnette (Ohio State), Bryce Hall (Virginia), and Cameron Dantzler (Mississippi State) are CBs to keep an eye on at 51.

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