The_Coach: Grant Delpit (LSU)
Playing defensive back (especially at the safety spot) within the current rules of college football really makes it hard to be an aggressive play-maker, but LSU’s Grant Delpit did it better during his time in the Bayou than anyone in the country. Measuring in at 6’ 2” and 215 pounds, the early-entry junior ran a strong 4.39 forty-yard dash at his version of a “Pro Day”, just months after anchoring the Tigers defense en route to a National Championship. Tallying 65 total tackles, 2 interceptions and 2 sacks during his 2019 campaign, Delpit actually saw his numbers drop from his electric sophomore year that put him on the map with 74 total tackles and 5 picks. He’ll leave Baton Rouge with 199 total tackles, 24 passes deflected and 8 interceptions in just three years.
Ross Parker: Terrell Burgess (Utah)
Burgess is a savvy defender that acts as a swiss-army knife on defense. His versatility comes in key as he is slightly undersized for a DB, only measuring in at 5’11”. For being slightly undersized, he plays with an incredible motor and flies around the field. This comes into major play in his tackling, where he is a sound tackler that wraps up larger defenders. He also plays well in coverage where zone coverage is his bigger strength, but can handle himself well in man. Going against bigger bodies like TE’s may be a problem, but his play speed and patience with his back to the football make up for separation that players can get on him. Overall, Burgess is a technically sound, high IQ player that offers enough versatility to be moved around on any part of a defense. A role similar to Budda Baker’s in Arizona would be ideal for Burgess. Watch for him to come off the board as a day two sleeper at the safety position.
Want more of our favorite players in the upcoming NFL Draft? Check out our previous position groups below:
- 2020 NFL Draft: BTD’s Favorites - Defensive Backs
- 2020 NFL Draft: BTD’s Favorites - Linebackers
- 2020 NFL Draft: BTD’s Favorites - Defensive Line
- 2020 NFL Draft: BTD’s Favorites - Offensive Line
- 2020 NFL Draft: BTD’s Favorites - Tight Ends
- 2020 NFL Draft: BTD’s Favorites - Wide Receivers
- 2020 NFL Draft: BTD’s Favorites - Running Backs
- 2020 NFL Draft: BTD’s Favorites - Quarterbacks