Unsurprisingly, the best defensive back factory in the country is giving football fans plenty to look at in this year’s draft. The New York Giants could take advantage in the second round of the draft by selecting LSU safety Grant Delpit.
2019 Jim Thorpe Award winner Grant Delpit has been recently predicted to fall to the second round in many drafts. Some scouts love his value even as a late first-round draft pick, making it all the more appetizing for the New York Giants to scoop him up, come pick number 36.
Louisiana State once again had a dominant defensive backfield this year and is sending two of their studs to the early rounds of the draft this month. Kristian Fulton is most likely going in the first round, but the best DB in the country will be going early second, at the latest.
Delpit’s not a lock for the first round due to his inconsistent tackling. He improved his skills last season, but it’s nothing special. He must have done something right because it was good enough to be the named best defensive back in the country and a unanimously selected All-American. But the pro game is different from the college level; regardless of the conference/schedule, a team plays.
To be the next great LSU safety to ball out in the NFL Delpit needs to take his game up another notch. Still, he’s not far from claiming that title considering many other attributes he possesses. The IMG Academy product has lined up everywhere a back seven defender could line up, proving his versatility. That should give him the chance to contribute to any defense right away. at least certain sub-packages.
His potential is higher than just being a contributor. Delpit also possesses ferocious physicality against both the pass and run. He’s not afraid to be physical in his coverage assignments. Actually, the safety isn’t much afraid of anything on the field. It’s lots of fun to watch.
As the commander of LSU’s secondary, he led his defense to play at an elite level in each of the past two seasons, which earned him first-team ALL-SEC honors. A back-to-back Fiesta Bowl champion, his defense also helped win an SEC and National Championship in 2019.
Delpit has a strong football IQ and is quick to process the right time to attack. When he does, he gets the job done. He finds himself near the football all the time; a trait that NFL scouting departments harp on as a “must-have” quality, to get a phone call on early in the draft.
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Big Blue needs his sense of urgency and natural leadership ability. His tackling weakness is certainly not what New York Giants fans want to hear, but this is one of the rare cases when toughness and physicality isn’t the issue. The G-Men want players with tough mentalities on their defense next year. Fortunately for them, tackling techniques can be coached.
There will be great joy in Big Blue Nation if Delpit falls to the New York Giants at 36. They certainly won’t take a safety with the fourth overall pick. Barring any trades, NYG could not only fill a need but also cash in on some very good value here.
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