Cleveland Browns third-year safety Grant Delpit was excellent in Sunday’s dominant victory over the Washington Commanders. Delpit recorded two interceptions while spearheading an all-around strong defensive performance. Delpit also recorded seven total tackles and was all over the field.
Delpit is finally breaking out of his shell in Cleveland.
The No. 44 overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft has been on a red-hot streak as of late. The former LSU product has accounted for three interceptions, 15 tackles, and three pass breakups in Cleveland’s last two contests. Delpit is constantly around the football right now and has already accumulated career highs in tackles (103), pass breakups (10), and interceptions (4). The 24-year-old has grown into his own under the tutelage of defensive coordinator Joe Woods and defensive backs coach Jeff Howard. Optimal health is ultimately behind Delpit’s success.
Browns general manager Andrew Berry likely believed he landed a steal when he drafted Delpit in the second round in 2020. Delpit unfortunately suffered an Achilles tendon tear injury during his first training camp that required surgery and ended his rookie campaign before it started. Delpit made 15 regular-season appearances in 2021 as a sophomore, but only made seven starts and was still growing into his own during what was essentially a redshirt sophomore season for him.
We’re witnessing the benefits of Delpit’s health and experience finally coming to fruition. Delpit is taking full advantage of his opportunities after getting past his previous setbacks. It’s a stark reminder for all draft evaluators that certain prospects take a bit longer to grow into their own. Each individual situation requires a personalized approach, and Delpit’s career arc is trending in the right direction after a quiet start.
Delpit is improving as a coverage player with each passing outing. Opposing quarterbacks have a middling passer rating of just 75.1 when targeting Delpit in coverage, per Pro Football Focus. It’s an impressive figure given that Delpit has played 560 total coverage snaps. Delpit has recorded more interceptions (4) than he’s allowed receiving touchdowns (2) this season.
The Browns are utilizing Delpit as a versatile do-it-all chess piece—he is moving all around Woods’ defensive formations. Delpit has played 424 snaps as a true free safety, 411 snaps as a box safety, and 126 snaps as a slot cornerback, via PFF. Delpit’s role is evolving on a play-by-play basis.
Delpit could look to parlay his current standout form into a lucrative contract extension this offseason. As things stand, Delpit is scheduled to enter a contract year in 2023. He’s set to earn a base salary of $1.6 million as a second-round selection, per Spotrac. Delpit is severely underpaid and could initiate discussions with Cleveland’s front office shortly.
Grant Delpit is an ascending talent that’s finally reaching his potential in 2022. His campaign is a cautionary tale in exercising patience. The Browns are currently being rewarded for maintaining faith in the long-term commitment they made to developing Delpit’s abilities. He is just getting started, and the sky’s the limit.
- Feb 07, 2023
- Feb 07, 2023