The Dallas Cowboys have had an issue with the safety position since the season started. Before the Trade Deadline expired earlier this year, they made a push to pry away safety Jamal Adams away from the New York Jets, who is arguably one of the best safeties playing in the NFL. By drafting Gary Delpit, the Cowboys address one of the last holes in an otherwise stout defense.
At 6-foot-3 203 pounds, the Texas native would be an excellent addition to the Cowboys secondary. According to Spotrac.com, the Cowboys will have 31 free-agents on the roster, six of whom play in the secondary.
Safety Jeff Heath has been a solid player in the past, but he is clearly past his prime. And with Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper owed potentially market setting contracts, along with the cap hit from multiple other big-money contracts signed in the last offseason, the Dallas Cowboys will need to find affordable options where they can.
Delpit has hauled in eight interceptions since he started playing for LSU in 2017, according to ESPN. Watching Delpit play the past three seasons has revealed a solid starting safety, a do it all defensive back in the secondary. He can guard running backs, back up cornerbacks down the field and he can even pass-rush. In 2018, Delpit had five sacks and was used as an extra blitzer in specialized packages.
Delpit has solid form; he can run, jump, deflect and tackle. He is so talented, you could move him to wide receiver and he would look fantastic jumping over defenders. Delpit is a solid teammate too, earning 78 assisting tackles at LSU.
Also, he rarely jumps a route or is tricked into moving off his assignment by misdirection. Delpit also has 24 passes defended in three years, meaning that if an opposing quarterback throws in his general direction, chances are Delpit will interfere with the play. Delpit is fast and has great sideline to sideline speed too.
With a safety like Delpit cruising around the secondary, the Dallas Cowboys should add a level of stability for years to come. With the team likely to be up against the cap in the next few years, the team will have to say goodbye to some of their secondary players currently on the roster.
Having a guy who can act as a nickel or dime safety, run defender or pass-rusher on the team for the next several seasons, that is something the Dallas Cowboys can use as the work on getting back on their feet in 2020. Expect the Cowboys to feel comfortable letting go of old stalwarts on the defense.