The Browns received a huge boost to their safety room Friday by selecting Grant Delpit with the 44th pick of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Cleveland selected Delpit after trading down from its 41st overall pick with the Indianapolis Colts and still managed to land one of the top safeties in the draft class.
Here are five things to know about the newest addition to the Browns defense.
1. Delpit is one of the top defensive backs in LSU history. He played in 40 games with 37 starts and finished his career with 199 tackles, 17.5 tackles for a loss, seven sacks and eight interceptions. Delpit won the 2019 Jim Thorpe Award, which is given to the top defensive back in the country, after he made 65 tackles and two interceptions. He also received honors as a 2019 AP Second Team All-American and was named 2019 First Team All-SEC by conference coaches.
2. Delpit, who is 6-foot-2 and 213-pounds, wore No. 7 with the Tigers, which is a number that has been passed down to some of the greatest LSU alums. Former players to don No. 7 include Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu, Leonard Fournette and DJ Chark.
The Browns have selected Grant Delpit in the 2020 NFL Draft.
3. Delpit played a key role in LSU's postseason dominance. In the SEC Championship and both College Football Playoff games, Delpit recorded 10 tackles and never missed a tackle, according to Pro Football Focus.
4. Browns EVP of Football Operations and GM Andrew Berry said that Delpit had one of the best interviews at the NFL combine. LSU coaches spoke highly of Delpit's leadership qualities, and coach Ed Orgeron even compared Delpit to Pro Football Hall of Famer Troy Polamalu, whom Orgeron coached at USC. Berry also spoke highly about Delpit's versatility, too, in his post-pick conference call. "When we met with him, he was one of the more impressive interviews that we had at the combine from a football intelligence standpoint," Berry said.
5. Delpit has unquestionable toughness. He suffered a high ankle sprain midway through the season in 2019 and continued to play through the pain even though he sometimes struggled to walk the morning after games. "It was a bit of a hard injury to deal with," Delpit said. "I wanted to be there for the team. Being hurt wasn't something I was worried about. I wasn't going to let a sprained ankle keep me off the field from trying to win a national championship."