I had a chance to watch Louis Delmas on the NFL Network today as the defensive backs were worked out in Indianapolis, at the NFL Combine. To quote Mike Mayock of the NFL Network. "The safeties did nothing to change my opinion of their draft order. They performed as expected." The consensus among most experts is that Delmas and Oregon's Patrick Chung did well, and maintained their status as the top two safeties in the draft.
None the less, even though the top safeties stock stayed the same, the top three are still being projected for the second round.
At the end of the day Mayock still ranked Delmas as the #1 strong safety prospect in the draft, followed by Rashad Johnson out of Alabama, Patrick Chung out of Oregon, William Moore from Missouri, and Darcel McBath from Texas Tech.
Delmas did well today. He did the things he needed to do to remain the top safety. He ran a strong forty time with a 4.48. He listened well, and never botched his drills. His ball skills were good; he high pointed and caught all of his picks. He never drifted towards the sidelines or backwards to catch the ball, but rather was always in position to come to the ball, make a good speed turn, and move up field. He stayed low in his backpedal and showed good hips.
Combine analysis on Delmas
Positives: Athletic build with the frame to carry additional mass. Active safety, unafraid to come up and support the run. Physical defender who flashes some explosiveness as a hitter. Reliable form tackler who attacks ball carriers at their knees and wraps up securely. Good lateral agility to break down in space in the open field. Good instincts in coverage. Reads the quarterback and breaks on the ball. Smooth backpedal and appears to have at least adequate straight-line speed. Natural play maker. Times his leaps well and can highpoint passes. Team captain.
Negatives: Lacks the bulk most teams prefer. Likes to evade blockers, rather than taking them on and shedding blocks. Resorts to low tackles and will, occasionally, duck his head and swipe. Can be more pesky than forceful as a tackler and will get dragged, at times. Aggressive defender; can be beaten with play-action.
On March 10th there will be a Pro Day workout at WMU, which will include Delmas, and several other Broncos.