1. Drafting Richard LeCounte
Like Felton, LeCounte is a late-round pick who isn’t guaranteed a roster spot. Also like Felton, his pro day testing is entirely unrepresentative of his on-field play. He was involved in a dirt bike accident in late October and was not fully healthy when he ran his drills.
On the field, he displayed excellent range and great instincts. He’s a physical and willing tackler, though he needs to learn to play with more control. He flies in from the back end to make stops against the run and almost never gave up big plays as the angel safety. He was a three-year starter for one of the best teams in the SEC, and made plays in big moments.
John Johnson III, Ronnie Harrison Jr., and Grant Delpit have the potential to be perhaps the best safety trio in the entire NFL, but a lot of that depends on how well Delpit returns from his torn Achilles. LeCounte provides some depth at a position where depth is vitally important, as well as starting ability in the future.
He’ll primarily be a special teamer as a rookie, but LeCounte is a pick that could pay dividends moving forward.