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LSUs Delpit, top-ranked safety, declares for draft


LSUs Delpit, top-ranked safety, declares for draft

LSU two-time All-America safety Grant Delpit is declaring for the NFL draft.

Delpit announced his decision to forgo his senior season Wednesday on social media, two days after LSU beat Clemson to win the national championship game.

ESPN’s Mel Kiper ranks Delpit as the top draft-eligible safety and No. 10 overall prospect for the 2020 draft.

“We are champs,” Delpit wrote on his Twitter page. “We hoisted the trophy for you and LSU fans everywhere. I will carry the excitement and joy of this season forever.”

Delpit in December earned the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s best defensive back. He recorded 65 tackles, including two sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss, to go along with two interceptions, seven pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

The 6-3, 203-pound Delpit earned consensus All-America honors in 2019 and unanimous All-America honors in 2018, when he recorded five interceptions, five sacks, nine tackles for loss and 74 tackles for the Tigers. Delpit was a Thorpe Award semifinalist in 2018 and a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy.

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