Behind offensive tackle, the Browns entered the draft knowing they needed to add to their group of safeties. With only four safeties under contract, including two signed this offseason, drafting a safety high in the draft was a necessity.
The Browns were able to select Grant Delpit, who was consistently graded among the top-five safeties in the class, with the No. 44 selection. Cleveland was even able to trade down from No. 41 and add a pick in the fifth round, which they originally did not have entering the draft.
Had Delpit been eligible to enter the draft following the 2018 season, he would have been a top-15 selection. He showed the ability to play all over the defense and make an impact in the box or at the line of scrimmage showing a willingness to make a big hit, or in coverage using his length and athleticism to break up passes.
However, Delpit had issues with tackling in 2019 and did not show the same range in coverage as a deep safety as he did in 2018. He says he was hampered by a high-ankle sprain, which limited his impact throughout the season. Despite struggling making tackles, Delpit still utilized his length to maintain his solid level of play in coverage and breaking up passes.
Due to his versatility and great coverage skills, Delpit is a real solid pick for the Browns. The biggest question is if he can prove his tackling issues in 2019 were due to the ankle injury. If he can do that and use his explosiveness to become a playmaking safety with the ability to come up and make tackles, Delpit has the potential of being a star safety, which would be a tremendous value for the Browns in the second round.