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2020 NFL mock draft: Seattle Seahawks select S Grant Delpit

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The Seattle Seahawks have been one of the most consistent franchises in the past decade. Since 2010, they’ve only missed the playoffs twice (2011, 2017) and that’s despite the dismantling of the Legion of Boom in the past couple of years.

Much like we do with the Patriots, everyone seems convinced this is finally the year the Seahawks decline, but in our Pride of Detroit Community Mock Draft, it’s up to commenter Jack H to make sure that doesn’t happen.

With the 27th pick in the POD Community Mock, the Seahawks select LSU safety Grant Delpit. Here’s Jack H with more:

“To say it’s very likely that the Seattle Seahawks could trade out of this spot would be an understatement. They have made some type of trade with their first-round pick in each of the last five seasons, usually moving back. When you’re paying top dollar for a franchise quarterback, it’s a virtual necessity to fill the holes in your roster economically. The Seahawks, not unlike most NFL teams, have holes.

Defensive line is an area they have typically landed on in the early rounds and they could certainly use some depth, especially on the edge, with Jadeveon Clowney’s future as a Seahawk up in the air.

However, with how this draft has fallen, the Seahawks are struck with a great opportunity to get back to their “Legion of Boom” roots. With LSU’s Grant Delpit still on the board, Pete Carroll could be salivating at the prospect of adding a versatile and physical playmaker in the defensive backfield.

Delpit straight balled out in 2018 as a sophomore securing first=team All-American honors. Coming into the 2019 season he was being projected as high as a top-10 pick.

While injuries slowed him down some, and he disappointed by some measures, he still played at a high enough level to win the Jim Thorpe award as the nation's top defensive back. By the end of the season, he appeared to be healthy, and it showed on the field as he was making impact plays at all three levels in the SEC championship game as well as the CFB playoffs, en route to a National Championship.

Those injuries, most notably a high ankle sprain, caused him to skip the NFL Combine. His slipping down this far is more likely to do with some of his fellow safeties showing out at the combine and leap frogging him. Now, without the benefit of pro days and private workouts, teams seem to be over looking him. Much to the delight of GM John Schneider and Pete Carroll.

He’s a gifted playmaker, simple as that. Just like LSU safeties before him like Tyrann Mathieu and Jamal Adams. Great ball instincts allow him to get his hands on the ball a lot. His size and length allow him to match up with tight ends, and he’s athletic enough to hang with routes out of the slot and the backfield. His biggest weakness is tackling. He needs to work on his technique as well as his approach to the ball carrier, especially in the box. He gets beat too much for a guy of his pedigree. However his appetite to attack the box makes him a versatile weapon, drawing comps to Derwin James.

The motor is there, it just needs fine tuning.

If he shores up his weaknesses he could soon end up reminding Seattle fans of Kam Chancellor.

With the 27th pick, in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks select, Grant Delpit, safety, LSU.”

Catch up with all the picks from our POD Community Mock here.

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