Dallas Cowboys: 6 first-round targets in the 2020 NFL Draft

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3. Grant Delpit, S, LSU

Grant Delpit could be the future playmaker this Dallas team has desperately needed in the backend of their defense for a long time now.

Delpit is the total package for safety in today’s game. He can play man coverage, zone coverage, and can come into the box as a run defender or even pressure the quarterback blitzing from the secondary.

With that being said, Delpit has great vision to recognize routes and he is a true ballhawk. His range from the safety position is elite and he has tremendous footwork, which is probably his best trait. It allows him to be instinctive and play faster than his opponents.

Delpit has a high football IQ, strength, speed, agility, and toughness. He is a jack of all trades defensive back with tremendous versatility who actually has experience playing every position in the secondary.

There aren’t many weaknesses to his game at all, but one thing that may turn teams off of Delpit is his tackling. He needs to get better at tackling in the open field to become a complete safety in the NFL, but the intangibles are definitely there.

4. Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama

The 6-foot-1 200 lbs junior out of Alabama has all the tools to become an elite safety at the next level.

Xavier McKinney can play in a man or zone scheme. Although I wouldn’t rely on him to be a single high safety due to not having elite range.

McKinney can crowd the box, tackle well in space, blitz or cover man to man on opposing running backs and tight ends if needed. He shows great route anticipation and has a nose for the football.

McKinney has tremendous ball skills and when you turn on the film you can see his ability to bait many quarterbacks into making mistakes. Play recognition is his biggest strength and that bolds well with his physical style of play.