When looking at Delpit’s stats, they paint a picture that is not only a beautiful one for an NFL front office looking for a ball-hawking safety but also one that shows a natural progression and will to succeed. The beauty lies in the simplicity of the fact that if you tally his eight interceptions and two forced fumbles across three seasons in Baton Rouge, that easily comes out to 10 total turnovers.
The natural progression and display of will lie in the fact that you notice a pretty decent jump in interceptions from year one to year two, from one to five while you also see a drop off to two in year three.
This most likely indicates that he made a jump in that second year before adjustments were made to him for year three, while he was still able to make things happen in year three through the presence of playmaking and even through the extra attention, scheming built towards him, and gameplans meant to numb his effectiveness.
LeBron James is as good as he is primarily because of three reasons. He is a very large human being, he is an extremely rarely gifted athlete and especially for someone of his size attributes, and lastly, because he is so versatile, practically being able to do everything on the court. Delpit is no LeBron James, yet, but his versatility is apart of not only why the Cowboys should move mountains to get him if need be but why he could be a superstar.
Delpit is not only adept at covering the ground, showing the range as they say in the biz, that a safety needs to be able to cover in order to protect his endzone and everything over the top, but he also displays the skill sets of each and every member of the secondary. He has the ball skills and coverage ability of a potential shutdown cornerback.
Delpit appears to have the tackling ability, recognition, toughness, and timing of an in the box safety, a weakside linebacker, or one of these new hybrid secondary/backer guys in the mold of what Deone Bucannon did so well for Arizona.
Delpit’s ability to affect the game in every facet as a defensive back, make plays on receivers or the ball in open field and play around the line of scrimmage, is the second reason why the Cowboys should do whatever necessary to land him.