3. Grant Delpit, S, LSU
Grant Delpit has been the early rising number one option at the safety position. The 2019 Jim Thorpe award winner was an absolute star for the National Champion, LSU Tigers.
Sitting at 6-foot-3 201 lbs. Delpit is a very lean safety. He recorded 65 tackles (4.5 for loss), two sacks, two interceptions, seven passes defended, and one forced fumble. He can be a do it all safety when it comes to both the run game and pass game at the next level.
As a pass defender, Delpit plays with superior range and breaks on just about any route when he gets a good beat on it. He excels in both man coverage, zone coverage and as a one high safety. He has a raw ability that you can’t simply coach into players.
Delpit has tremendous ball-hawking ability and a nose for the football, but one of the main things that separate Delpit from most, primarily in the passing game is his ability to play press-man coverage in the red zone.
The only real concern teams may have with Delpit is his aggressiveness in the run game. He has all the traits to be a dominant run defender, but it still seems he’s tentative at the point of attack and it may be because of his 2018 collarbone injury.
Whether it is a mental block from a previous injury for Delpit or it’s his technique he still needs to improve as a tackler to be atop the elite at the next level. But he possesses all the talent in the world to do so.