Dee Delaney

Miami
CB

Prospect Info

College
Miami
Hometown
Class
Beaufort, SC
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 0"
200 lbs
30 1/2”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

4.96
Should Be in an NFL Training Camp
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.46
Seconds
 
Bench Press
13
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
32.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
120.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.95
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.25
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
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More players from the Football Championship Subdivision are starting to entertain offers to join major programs as graduate transfers. Delaney agreed to join Miami after starting for three years at The Citadel, earning All-American honors in his final two. The Hurricanes needed new starters after losing two seniors after the 2016 season, and Delaney's height and ball skills gave him a chance to star in the ACC. He started 11 times in his redshirt freshman year, earning Southern Conference All-Freshman Team honors (51 tackles, three for loss, two interceptions, three pass breakups). The following year, Delaney was a second-team Associated Press All-American with 46 tackles, one for loss, five interceptions (ranking eighth in the FCS), eight pass breakups, and two forced fumbles. He won first-team AP All-American and Southern Conference honors with 35 tackles and six interceptions (third in the FCS) and eight pass breakups.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Priority free agent
Overview
Graduate transfer from The Citadel who looked overmatched during much of his senior season at Miami. Delaney doesn't have the suddenness or coverage talent to stick with crafty route runners from the slot while big, fast receivers can beat him down the field. While he's an aggressive, willing tackler against the run, he may lack the requisite cover talent to make it in the league.
Strengths
  • Intelligent on and off the field
  • Former high school wide receiver with ball skills and soft hands to flip the field when throws are near him
  • Fights hard on 50-50 throws
  • Has 14 career interceptions
  • Quick to diagnose run and head downhill to get a piece when unblocked
  • Challenges big receivers with aggressive punches and works off the block for tackles
  • Showed improvement in confidence and coverage as season wore on
Weaknesses
  • Plays with hip tightness and below average athletic ability
  • Backpedals with a very narrow base
  • Lacks knee bend and smoothness in his transitions
  • Struggled badly to stay connected to routes as an outside cornerback
  • Lost playing time due to poor, early performance
  • Feet get heavy in the grass when asked to stick and close on throws
  • Below average makeup speed
  • Allows workable separation from breaks
  • Too many swing-and-miss jam attempts from press
  • Posted just two passes defensed on 39 targets this year

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league