Cavanaugh on Delpit

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  1. CalPolyTechnique

    CalPolyTechnique Well-Known Member

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    Was listening to the Trust the Tape podcast and Jeff Cavanaugh cited some statistics regarding Delpit’s missed tackle percentages.

    He mentioned Delpit missed 20% of his tackles in 2018 and 24% in 2019.

    I can’t find the source of his stats but did find this PFF article from back in early Nov. 2019 just before the Bama/LSU game: “He (Delpit) has missed 13 of his 54 total tackle attempts [...]”

    That equates to 24% which coincides with Cavanaugh’s number.

    Either way, missing 20-24% of your tackle attempts over two seasons is HORRENDOUS.
     
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  2. RS12

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  3. cnuball21

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    Not good, but his coverage stats are the opposite in a good way.

    I'm a Delpit fan but I do get the concerns. My thing on him is he has traits you can't teach and coach and weaknesses you can. Length, athleticism, quickness and instincts aren't coachable. He'd come in day 1 and be the best coverage safety we have and be able to give us snaps as a nickel/dime CB.

    He's kind of like a bigger, longer, more athletic version of Woods that can cover better.
     
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  4. RS12

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    Safety has to be able to tackle, it is not like a CB where you can somewhat hide it. Right now this guy this guy doesnt look the part. I dont want a 17th pick blown on potential.
     
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  5. beware_d-ware

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    Getting hit-sticked by a kicker is just flat-out terrible.

    I do like this positive take from the comment section though.

     
  6. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

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    Tackle? Is that what that was? Wonder what they said in the film session about that so called tackle.
     
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  7. RS12

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    Oh and didn't the Cowboys lead the league in missed tackles last year? I am sure adding a 76% tackler will do wonders for that particular issue.
     
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  8. Floatyworm

    Floatyworm The Labeled One

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    :hammer:
     
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  9. SportsGuru80

    SportsGuru80 CowboysYanksLakers

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    I'd much rather draft Antoine Winfield Jr. in the 2nd round.
     
  10. darthseinfeld

    darthseinfeld Cowboys Fan since 1949. Zone Supporter

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    Its the Draftzone. It where we discuss prospects
     
  11. darthseinfeld

    darthseinfeld Cowboys Fan since 1949. Zone Supporter

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    Debunks the whole injury excuse
     
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  12. morasp

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    The cornerback C. J. Henderson has the same affliction. Being good in coverage is only part of the job. It's the same on offense WRs and TEs have to be willing to block as well as run routes.
     
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  13. stilltheguru

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    B B b hes the next Jamal Adams. lol
     
  14. CalPolyTechnique

    CalPolyTechnique Well-Known Member

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    Seriously, the last thing this defense needs is to add another poor tackler.

    When we had Mo Claiborne it was like playing defense with 10 guys instead of 11.
     
  15. conner01

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    He’s a pretty good coverage guy who is not a great tackle
    If he was a CB that might be a bit more acceptable but a safety has to tackle
    I’ve watch him a bunch and he is a Cover guy who can play day one but I just don’t know that he can be a great safety because of his run defense
     
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  16. morasp

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    Xavier McKinney, S
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    Jaylon Johnson, CB
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  17. cnuball21

    cnuball21 Well-Known Member

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    If you draft him with a plan to maximize his strengths I think he’s fine.
     
  18. DanA

    DanA Well-Known Member

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    I recognize the weakness.

    I personally think he plays as a Byron Jones (rookie year) type big nickel as a rookie and is worth the pick at 17-25.
     
  19. ChuckA1

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    If we're going safety at 17, I'd suggest McKinney over Delpit. The missed tackle stat concerns me.
     
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  20. cnuball21

    cnuball21 Well-Known Member

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    He’d give us the best back end FS play we’ve had in over a decade, he can man up against TEs and give us nickel/dime CB reps.

    I agree the tackling issue is legit but think that is something that can be improved if he has the right head / mindset.

    If so, he can do a LOT to help make this a better defense.
     
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