Second round, 44th overall pick: Grant Delpit
Delpit has had probably the best 2020 of any person out there, minus Joe Burrow and other first round LSU teammates. Coming off a national championship, playing for the greatest college football team of all-time, Delpit was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the second round of the 2020 draft. He is likely going to be a day one starter, and is now a millionaire.
Signing a four-year, $7,465,062 contract, Delpit was also able to get around $3,938,457 in guaranteed money. This contract runs until 2024, when he is scheduled to become a free agent at the age of 25. Being a rookie contract, Delpit should provide great value for the Cleveland Browns as a day one starter at safety.
NFL teams have found relative success when drafting with the 44th overall pick recently. The Green Bay Packers selected offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins with the pick in the 2019 draft, and he has played pretty well for the franchise during his rookie season. He is definitely an underrated offensive lineman in the NFL. Jenkins’ rookie contract was for four years, $6,767,140 with around almost the same amount of guaranteed money as Delpit’s deal.
In the 2018 draft, the 49ers selected wide receiver Dante Pettis, who would eventually sign a four-year, $6,400,558 contract with around $3.5 million worth of guarantees. Hopefully Delpit’s impact will be more like Jenkins’ impact with the Packers, rather than Dante Pettis’ impact with the 49ers so far.