2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: LSU S Grant Delpit

Brian Lamb
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Grant Delpit

Height: 6’3

Weight: 203 lbs

 

2019 Jim Thorpe and Walter Camp Preseason Watchlist
2018 Unanimous All-American
2018 Jack Tatum Award Winner
2018 Nagurski Award Finalist

 

Grant Delpit was a consensus four-star prospect from Texas.  Played his senior season at IMG Academy.  Has been a three-year productive defensive back for LSU, highlighted by a breakout year in 2018.  In this scouting report, we’ll breakdown his mechanics and evaluate his NFL future as a safety prospect.

 

 

What I Like:

Read and Diagnose and Range

Grant Delpit has a very good ability to read and diagnose plays very quickly.  On this play, he’s able to process the play and attack before the quarterback is able to get out of the backfield.  However, what stands out on this play is Delpit’s range on this play to get from the secondary to the ballcarrier very quickly.

 

 

What I Dislike:

Inconsistent Man Coverage

Grant Delpit has a good ability in man coverage, but displays some glaring inconsistencies.  On this play, Delpit is out of position at the LOS as the receiver breaks outside.  With the ball in the air, Delpit is off coverage and the receiver is able to make a nice play along the sidelines.  It doesn’t happen often, but I’d like to see Grant Delpit clean his technique up a bit.

 

 

Where I’ve Seen Improvement:

Mirroring The Receiver

While there are some inconsistencies, this is an example of what Grant Delpit does so well.  Delpit displays a smooth backpedal with his hips pointed at the receiver.  As the receiver breaks at the top of his route, Grant Delpit attacks and closes the gap between the two.

 

 

Overall Breakdown

Grant Delpit has good height and weight for his position.  Displays good quickness and acceleration, as well as good lateral agility.  Has very good change of direction abilities, especially in confined spaces.  Shows a very good ability to read and diagnose plays quickly.  Has a very good ability to key the ball and put himself in an excellent position to make a play on the ball.  Displays a high motor ability to remain involved in the play until the whistle is blown.  Has a good ability to mirror the receiver and stay within attacking range.  Displays a good ability to keep his hips pointed at the receiver through his backpedal.  Displays a solid ability to track the ball downfield, although he’s rarely asked to do so.  Shows to have a good ability to remain patient and constrict at the point of attack.  Has a very good ability to take efficient angles across the field. Displays a very good range to attack the ball in the backfield from the secondary.  Shows to have a good ability to track the ball and take good lanes towards the ball in close range.  Displays a good ability to get by offensive tackles when asked to rush the passer.  Has a solid use of handset shed blocks at the LOS.  Displays good instincts to manipulate the tackle and pressure the quarterback.

Displays inconsistencies in man coverage.  Has an adequate tackling ability, especially against shifty ballcarriers at the line of scrimmage.  Shows to have a marginal ability to wrap up the ballcarrier for a sure tackle as he typically likes to use his body to make the stop.

 

2020 NFL Draft Projection

Early-First Round

Grant Delpit is an excellent safety that plays with a high motor and very good instincts.  He fits best as a strong safety, although he does have traits and abilities to play free safety in some capacity.  Look for Grant Delpit to come off the board in the early part of the first round, although I believe that he won’t fall past ten.

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