The Browns signed Delpit to a four-year contract on Wednesday, George Thomas of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Delpit becomes the final member of Cleveland's draft class to officially sign. The 44th overall selection of April's draft, Delpit entered his final year at LSU with first-round buzz, but he dropped to the second round due to somewhat inconsistent play in 2019. A high-ankle sprain also kept him from participating at the NFL Scouting Combine. Nevertheless, the 21-year-old should see a clear path to playing time as a rookie, with a starting role at free safety being a realistic possibility.
Delpit (ankle) enters the NFL motivated to change the perception that he has issues tackling, Shaun Bennett of the Chronicle-Telegram reports. The Browns drafted Delpit in the second round (44th overall) of the 2020 draft.
Delpit was ranked higher by some evaluators, but the tackling issue stuck after the safety was credited with 38 missed tackles over the last two seasons. "I'm so tired of hearing that I can't tackle, I might tackle you for asking that question," Delpit said with a big smile Friday night. A high-ankle sprain may have influenced that perception, but Browns general manager Andrew Berry acknowledged Delpit will need to work on tackling technique. "I think that he would be the first to admit that it is something that is going to be a focus of him as an area of improvement coming into the NFL," Berry said. Aside from the ankle, scouts believe he takes bad angles in pursuit, fails to calm his feet, and looks for the big hit instead of proper technique. The Browns see him playing both safety positions and lining up at multiple areas of the field. "It just allows you a lot more flexibility as a defensive coordinator when you have a guy who can play the post proficiently, who can play in the line of scrimmage, cover tight ends and play big nickel. We think that is something that Grant will be able to do at the NFL level," added Berry.
The Browns selected Delpit (ankle) in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 44th overall.
Cleveland moved around a bit in the second round and still wound up with one of the top safeties in the class. Delpit entered the year as a likely first-round pick but was shaky at times in 2019 for LSU, which dropped his stock. He was also unable to test at the combine due to a high-ankle sprain, but the tape shows Delpit is an explosive athlete when healthy. Delpit could end up being one of the steals of the draft if he taps into his potential.