1. Grant Delpit, LSU
Size: 6-2, 213
The Good: A true quarterback for a secondary, he’s a veteran leader and high-end producer coming off a Thorpe Award-winning final year at LSU. With massive size, great range, and excellent hitting ability, he came up with 199 tackles with eight picks and seven sacks with 17.5 tackles for loss in his three years.
A big run defender, he’s willing to get in on anything and everything and do the dirty work. Combine that with his brilliance at sniffing out pass plays and always being around the ball, and he’s a versatile safety who can fit any scheme.
The Not-So-Good: He’s not quite the elite athlete some might like in the middle of an NFL secondary. While he can move, he’s not all that smooth. There’s a chance he can be more like a tweener type as a hybrid of safety positions as well as a smallish linebacker, but he’s not a thumper of a hitter against the run.
NFL Draft College Perspective Thought: Don’t worry about what he’s not. He’s not the killer of some of the other great LSU defensive backs who recently hit the league, but he’s a producer who’ll be just fine right away. He’s a low-ceiling, high-floor safety in an NFL that has to keep finding consistency at the position.
Projected Round: First