As a part of our on-going draft preview, today we will look at Western Michigan free safety Louis Delmas.
Delmas, considered one of the top two safeties in the draft has been aptly described as a better football player than an athlete.
At six-foot and around 200 pounds, Delmas relies heavily on his football instincts, which seem to be pretty sharp. He is good in coverage, reliable enough, at least, to stay with a tight end in man to man coverage.
Considerably promising for Dallas’ concerns, Delmas is a deft run stopper who has also shown an above average ability to “stay home” on assignments. Delmas makes up for a somewhat lackluster 40 time (4.55 at the Combine) with his instincts, and he has proven to be adept at closing on the play.
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Due to his size and strength, Delmas won’t be often seen delivering the big hit around the line of scrimmage, or in the fray, though he is a promising tackler otherwise, with the capacity to occasionally deliver a big hit elsewhere on the field.
Numerous concerns have arisen concerning Delmas’ physical ability, as well as an aggressive style of play that can lead to over-pursuit. This, in turn, has precipitated questions concerning his tackling ability.
Delmas was a four-year starter for Western Michigan, and a three-time all-MAC conference safety (twice on second team, once on first).
A true ballhawk, Delmas recorded 12 interceptions in 45 games for the Broncos.
Delmas also recorded 310 tackles in that span.
Despite the aforementioned concerns, Delmas may be the most well-rounded safety in the 2009 class. He is slated to go in the early to mid-second round, though there is a chance he could be picked as early as the late-first.
If he lasts long enough (kind of a big ‘if’), the Cowboys could steal him with the 51st overall pick.
Tomorrow, we give a nod to the unpredictability of the NFL Draft, by looking at some of the less publicized players in whom Dallas has shown an interest.
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