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With the 44th overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns selected LSU safety Grant Delpit.
Delpit won the 2019 Thorpe Award, given to the nation’s best safety. He finished the season with 65 total tackle and two interceptions. Over his LSU career, Delpit totaled 199 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss and nine interceptions.
Delpit’s struggles as a tackler are well-documented. Few players, let alone safeties, read the field better than the LSU product. His intelligence, combined with his physical play style, makes him a safety that can play immediately in a variety of roles. Despite Delpit’s tackling, his combination of traits and range make him an intriguing prospect.
Delpit compares favorably to former Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry, who played nine seasons with the Chiefs.
In 89 career games, Berry totaled 445 total tackles and 14 interceptions. Berry has been named to five Pro Bowls and is a three-time All-Pro selection.
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What the Analysts Say
Delpit brings a lot to the table and he projects favorably to becoming a high-impact safety in the NFL. He’s versatile, physical, urgent, smart, athletic and his skill set is perfect for matching up against the pace and space present in today’s NFL offenses. –Joe Marino, The Draft Network
Aggressive, urgent striker with good upside who posted a disappointing follow-up to an exciting 2018 campaign. His evaluation requires a full load of 2018 tape, where his coverage potential was better illustrated. He transitions with instinctive eyes and plays physically against tight ends. Willingness to rush in and hit has never been a problem in the alley or in his fits, but tackle inconsistencies have plagued him throughout his career due to angles and technique that could be challenging to fix. –Lance Zierlein, NFL Network
The Cleveland Browns went out and addressed safety in free agency but the value for Delpit is high. He’s a versatile safety who can play in different positions for the Browns. After trading Jabrill Peppers to the New York Giants, Delpit is likely an immediate starter and impact player for the Cleveland Browns.