DEE DELANEY | CB | MIAMI
Height: 5114 | Weight: 200 | Arm: 30 1/2" | Hand: 9 3/4" | 40 Time: 4.46 | 10-Split: 1.57 | Bench: 13 | 3Cone: 6.95 | Broad: 120" | Vertical: 32.5"
Dee Delaney is a fifth-year starter at left cornerback who was a graduate transfer to Miami from the Citadel before the 2017 season. A Walter Camp All-American in 2016 at the Citadel, Delaney was clearly a big fish in a small pond, prompting his transfer. Delaney allowed only 20 catches on 36 targets in 2017 and finished the season with 39 tackles, 1 interception, and 1 pass deflection. Despite being in the Miami program for only one year, Delaney earned captain status on the defense and battled through a knee injury to play in 8 games for the Hurricanes.
Delaney is a stout, well-built corner with good size, sculpted, but shorter arms. A former high school baseball, basketball, and 4x100 relay track star, Delaney's track speed shows up on tape, and he also has some lateral wiggle and agility to add to his athletic portfolio.
Delaney is a cerebral player and an outstanding communicator, often barking out orders with safety Sheldrick Redwine before the snap to confirm coverage assignments. Delaney tends to align with outside shade on the boundary to force receivers inside and is steadfast holding the red line when dropping into deep man coverage, where he has shown he could be a little late turning to find the football. Technically, Delaney is extremely vertical in his back pedal, causing a delay in planting and turning back downfield when playing off coverage. Delaney exhibits a wide stance in press coverage, causing him to occasionally lose balance when jamming bigger, more physical receivers and gets boxed out by WR blocks on run plays. Delaney is best in zone coverage where he can utilize his vision and instincts to anticipate route concepts and read the QB's eyes as he makes his progressions in the pocket. Delaney is a willing contributor in run support and is disciplined in his pursuit in space, although he did get hurdled by a Wisconsin Fullback.
Delaney is a clean prospect off the field and a terrific student, earning Academic All-ACC honors and also being a National Honor Society member in high school. Most of Delaney's issues are technical and would be relatively easy to fix with NFL coaching, and there is a lot of good clay there to mold as a developmental player. Delaney's injury during his showcase year for the Canes was disappointing for his stock, but there is enough there for scouts to glean and make a projection. Delaney compares in body type and play style to Josh Robinson and would best be suited to play in a Cover 2 defense where he can thrive in zone coverage and benefit from safety help over the top.
Overall Grade: 67
Athletic Ability: 6
Play Strength: 4
Play Speed: 5
Competitive Toughness: 6
Press Coverage: 2
Man Coverage: 3
Zone Coverage: 5
Make-Up Speed: 4
Player Comparison: Josh Robinson
Projected Round: Round 7/PFA
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