The LSU Tigers, fresh off their National Championship title, are known for producing exceptional NFL-ready safeties. Some former alumni at the position include LaRon Landry, Tyrann Mathieu, Jamal Adams and Eric Reid. The next name on that list might just be former All-American Grant Delpit.
After a bit of a down 2019 where he supposedly played through a high ankle sprain, Delpit's stock has lowered to where he's now projected by many to be selected in the middle or even bottom half of the first round. The promising safety could end up being a steal at this range, with an aggressive skill-set that includes coverage potential, plus awareness and hard-hitting prowess.
Here are the teams that are most likely to jump on Delpit in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
A nice landing spot in the middle of the draft would be with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are still rebuilding their defense under coordinator Todd Bowles. Remember, Bowles has a connection to LSU safeties being that Tyrann Mathieu was one of the stars of his Arizona Cardinals defense that landed him his first head coaching job. Despite massive improvements in pass rush and run defense in 2019, the Bucs still need help in the secondary. Adding a true potential difference maker on the back end of their defense like Delpit should be at the top of Tampa's needs this off-season. Delpit could step right into that Mathieu role for Bowles' unit.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars have a couple picks to play around with in the 2020 draft. At No. 9 overall, their first pick may be a tad too high for Delpit, but if they were to trade down or if the safety were to fall to their second first round selection at 20th (a pick they received for Jalen Ramsey), this might be an excellent fit. Drafting secondary will likely be towards the top of the Jags' list in April, after trading the aforementioned Ramsey away in 2019. With sub-par safeties in Ronnie Harrison and Jarrod Wilson, one could argue that they need a help at safety more than corner (where they still start AJ Bouye). Whoever Jacksonville ends up picking with their two selections, Delpit will surely be on the Jaguars' radar.
1. Dallas Cowboys
We have all heard the rumors, Earl Thomas to the Dallas Cowboys, or Jamal Adams, or Tyrann Mathieu. Only Jerry Jones has yet to land his coveted safety. The most recent fan obsession has been New York Jets All-Pro safety Adams, an LSU grad as mentioned earlier. With the No. 17 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Cowboys may not need to acquire someone else's safety, they could draft their own in Delpit, and an LSU grad no less. With not too many other glaring needs on this stacked roster, there's no better choice for Dallas or Delpit, who would join a win-now team, giving him a shot at a second straight championship.
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