In our individual draft features, each of our team assigns a rating from the rating system described below. We combine our ratings to give one rating, a projection for where he will get picked, and best fits in the NFL. Here is our 2020 NFL Draft profile of LSU safety Grant Delpit.
0.0-1.0 – Bust, you won’t remember this name in three years
1.0-2.0 – Mostly minor leagues and practice squads, occasionally makes the top level
2.0-3.0 – Gets some minutes off the bench, not a major contributor
3.0-4.0 – System player – not much of a ‘wow’ factor but could be utilized in a good system
4.0-5.0 – Role Player/Depth Guy (3rd down back, run block TE, etc) – can fill a hole
5.0-6.0 – Fringe Starter on the Depth Chart
6.0-7.0 – Top of the Depth Chart potential
7.0-8.0 – Starter with big season potential
8.0-9.0 – Consistent All-Star, one of the best in the league at his position
9.0-10.0 – Future Hall of Famer
College Kids Talking College Sports Grade: 7.6
Grade Range: 6.3 to 9.0
Best NFL Fits: New York Giants, Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints
Projection: Round 2, Pick 6 – Carolina Panthers
Analysis: No, I didn’t list the Panthers as a best fit for Delpit for a few reasons. One is the Giants, Browns, and Saints are more in the market for a safety than the Panthers, and they have better reason to pick one up. I have no doubt that all of those teams will, but I believe Delpit will go earlier than any of those teams are willing to commit to the position. Meanwhile, the Panthers may prefer a corner, but there are far more corner-needy teams entering this draft. The lack of teams searching for a safety that will start right off the bat makes me think that Delpit, a first-round talent, will slip into the early stages of the second round.
Carolina may not be desperately seeking a safety, but their entire defense is need of upgrading. For anyone not paying attention, they will now be facing Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Matt Ryan for a combined six games out of the year, and I’m not sure Carolina has a high-quality starter on their defense. Delpit will be far too enticing a talent to pass on early in the second round, and the Panthers will gladly take the LSU star and insert him into the starting lineup right away. Our entire team is pretty high on Delpit, as all of us believe he is ready to be a first-year starter, and if Carolina sees him in the second round, that’s an absolute steal.