5-11/202 Western Michigan
Pros: Has great burst and does an excellent job playing the run in the box. Quick enough to meet a running back at the line of scrimmage. Doesn't get caught up in the trash. Is a strong, sound tackler with good pop and rarely misses in the open field. Passionate and aggressive and loves to hit receivers over the middle. Shows potential as a blitzer. Has nice burst, ball skills, and decent hips which make up for many of his mistakes in coverage.
Cons: Can be overaggressive at times in run support and can get caught out of position. Can tackle too high at times. Is undersized. In coverage, he can get turned around and lets receivers get behind him when he's play deep centerfield. Sometimes goes for the big hit on the receiver rather than playing the ball, and can miss a turnover opportunity.
Overview: Delmas doesn't have NFL size, but makes up for it by playing at a high level at 110 mph. He reminds me very much of Bob Sanders who also didn't have ideal NFL size when he came into the league. Missed 2 games due to a concussion as a junior and 2 games with a MCL sprain as a sophomore. He was a starter at cornerback as a true freshman before moving to free safety. Had 111 tackles as a senior and 4 picks, both career highs.
NFL Forecast: Delmas doesn't have the classic build of an NFL strong safety, but he can play there at the next level. Play him up near the box and he'll be a force with his good range and burst vs. the run. He can also play free safety at the next level, although he's not great in coverage. But he can get better with some development as he gets more aware and intelligent with experience. But his length to impact could be near- immediate if you play him as a run-defending safety, and a bit longer if you play him where he has to be involved in coverage assignments and making secondary calls. Delmas has high upside. He still needs to get stronger, but he only really needs to add another 10 or so pounds of muscle, and he'll be fine.
ATL Forecast: Delmas can come in and contribute right away as a starter for the Falcons at strong safety. He'll need some development as a free safety, but could probably be ready to start there by the end of his second season. He's a playmaker that can serve a similar role and value to the Falcons defense that Bob Sanders has for the Colts. He'll be a force vs. the run, and his potential in coverage could make him a playmaker there down the road. He'll just need to play smarter and more disciplined in coverage in order to reap the benefits. The bottom line is that Delmas can be an impact player for Atlanta at either safety spot.
Value: Delmas is a first round talent that merits a late round pick as he's knock down a bit because he needs polish in coverage and isn't ideal size.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
BALL SKILLS: 4.0
Scouting Reports of safeties in the 2009 NFL Draft
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