Redskins: Five 2020 draft prospects to watch in college football
By Ian Cummings
No. 2 – Louisiana State S Grant Delpit
A player’s athletic profile varies across different classes. There are good athletes. There are great athletes. And sometimes, there are rare athletes, with traits that transcend all others.
These athletes don’t always work out. After all, there’s far more to the game of football than a few mobility metrics. But the best athletes inherently carry the most potential to do their job with the most speed, physicality, and efficiency. And when they have the intangible traits to couple with that rare athleticism, what follows is an even more uncommon find.
What follows is a superstar.
LSU’s Grant Delpit has the potential to be a superstar at the NFL level. At 6-foot-3, 203, Delpit has outstanding size for a safety, and he has the stellar athleticism to pair with it. Delpit’s explosive nature shows up on tape. In the box, he can close ground quickly and make pass disruptions with acrobatic mid-air ability and tremendous ball skills, and he’s also a very sure tackler, with 74 total tackles. He’s a homing missile in run defense, and as a pass rusher as well.
In coverage, Delpit is almost more dangerous; he has incredible range and instincts, and he has the combination of mental and physical quickness to be a playmaker and a safety blanket, all in one. For the Redskins, who may have a need at safety if Montae Nicholson doesn’t rebound in 2019, Delpit would be a welcome addition and more, if they find themselves in a position to draft him.