Delance has the length needed to play tackle in the NFL. He mostly finds success playing with extension and keeping opponents at the edge of his reach in pass protection. He is effective with the timing and placement of his punch to help maximize the impact of his length.
After a strong high school career in Texas, Jean Delance spent his freshman season as a Texas Longhorn before transferring to the Florida program after the 2016 campaign. He sat out in 2017 due to transfer rules, was a reserve in 2018, and then became the Gators’ starting right tackle in 2019 and manned the spot for three seasons. Delance is a controlled operator that is a technician. He thrives with hand technique, footwork, body positioning, and angles. He has good length, range, and mobility. When it comes to areas of concern, ideally Delance would offer more power to create more movement in the run game and present a firm anchor with more pop in his punch. Adding functional strength would be notable for his projection. As it stands, he’s a fit only for zone run schemes. While Delance has played a lot of snaps in college, none of them came at any other position aside from right tackle, so he’ll need to prove he offers positional flexibility. Delance is an appealing developmental blocker that needs to get stronger and prove he can play in more than one spot up front.
Ideal Role: Developmental swing tackle
Scheme Fit: Zone run scheme
Written by Joe Marino
Games watched: Alabama (2021), Kentucky (2021), Tennessee (2021), Florida State (2021)
Best Game Studied: Alabama (2021)
Worst Game Studied: Florida State (2021)
Balance: Delance is mostly a controlled operator that plays within himself. He has good bend and a fairly consistent base. He doesn’t often get caught over-extending and keeps his feet engaged.
Pass Sets: Delance does well to get out of his stance and position himself to frame blocks by reaching his set points. He can occasionally open the gate too soon or be timely working back to close down the B-gap. He does well to stay square and keep his feet engaged.
Competitive Toughness: Delance flashes a mean streak on tape and he is competitive. That said, he falls short of earning the mauler label. He executes his assignments with good temperament.
Lateral Mobility: Delance has sufficient lateral movement skills. He can slide and redirect without much segmentation. He arrives on schedule when executing longer pulls and has sufficient range.
Length: See Above.
Football IQ: Delance is an assignment-driven player that executes with good timing. He’s played a lot of snaps over the last three seasons. His penalty numbers could certainly be better.
Hand Technique: Delance has sufficient hand usage in terms of timing and placement with his punch. Where I’m left underwhelmed with his hands is the pop in his punch. His hands can be easily displaced and I wish his punch and grip strength were more firm.
Anchor Ability: Delance mostly plays with good bend and leverage to maximize his ability to anchor but it’s not overly firm. He fights off the bull rush with his length but given his narrow build, I do have concerns about his anchor at the next level. He’ll need to continue getting stronger and working his technique.
Power at POA: Delance has adequate power but he’s not a dynamic people mover with a firm anchor. He’s a technician that succeeds with angles and positioning. Gap blocking teams will pass.
Versatility: Delance has played a good amount of football in college but never at any position other than right tackle. Perhaps he can play the left side and offer appeal as a swing guy but he has to prove that. Ideally, he’d have a bit more functional strength to play inside and his ability to play center is unknown.
TDN Consensus: 70.83/100 (Fifth Round Value)
Crabbs Grade: 71.50/100
Marino Grade: 69.50/100
Sanchez Grade: 71.50/100