Instant Reaction: Browns Select Grant Delpit

The Cleveland Browns selected LSU safety Grant Delpit with the 44th overall pick in the second round. Cleveland moved back from the 41st overall pick with the Indianapolis Colts and added the 160th overall pick (5th round).

PLAYER PROFILE
A three-year starter for the defending College Football Playoff National Champion LSU Tigers, Delpit lined up all over the Tigers secondary at both safety positions as well as in the nickel back position.

Delpit has 65 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions, and nine pass breakups last season and was named the Thorpe Award winner for the nation’s top defensive back. He was also a two-time All-American and a two-time First-team All-SEC.

HOW GRANT DELPIT FITS INTO THE SAFETY ROOM
The Browns patched the safety positions in free agency with the additions of Andrew Sendejo and Karl Joseph. There is no long-term answer at the position and Delpit will hopefully fill that vacancy.

New defensive coordinator Joe Woods emphasizes coverage more than pass rush and with Delpit’s athleticism and coverage skills will make him a natural fit immediately.

ANALYSIS
The Browns were able to slide back three spots and pick up a fifth-round pick they didn’t have coming into Friday night and still come away with one of the top safeties in the draft. Delpit reunites with his former LSU teammate Greedy Williams and hopefully becomes the long-term answer at the safety position. There are concerns about his poor tackling but good coaching and a veteran presence like Sendejo will potentially improve that lack of skill.

GRADE: A

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