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2020 NFL Draft Profile: Grant Delpit

Grant Delpit is easily the most versatile safety in the whole draft.

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Positive:

Grant Delpit is easily the most versatile safety in the whole draft. He has a high football IQ and that shows since he is always around the ball when needed. In coverage, he is able to use his size to break up passes or use his IQ to make the play to intercept the ball. When he is moved inside the box, he has a quick trigger to attack the lanes and slow up the play. The timing he possesses will continue to make him an effective blitzer in the NFL. His quick feet, smoothness, and size make for a great combination at the position. He is a willing bit hitter and frequently makes opponents pay for challenging him.

Negative:

There are not many negative marks against the 2019 Jim Thorpe award winner. The main knocks on his game circle back to his approach to tackling. He has a tendency to go for the hit and become unbalanced. Coming into the league, that willingness to go for the tackles no matter what will help him, but he will need to learn to wrap up more often.

Draft Projections:

Late 1st – 2nd Round

Outlook For Bears:

For a while, Delpit was considered a top ten overall draft pick. Over the last few months, he has started to slip in the draft world due to the issues with tackling and durability. At this time there seems to be a possibility he could fall all the way to the Bears at #43 or #50. He was an All-SEC and Jim Thorpe Award winner for a reason due to his ability to do everything at the position. What could he bring to a top-flight Bears defense? He has some of the best coverage ability for a safety. Pairing him with Eddie Jackson would give the Bears the luxury of moving either player all around the defense. At the end of the day, Delpit could come out of this draft being the best overall safety.


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