The Cleveland Browns picked four players from the Southeastern Conference on the first two days of the NFL Draft.
After drafting Alabama offensive tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. with the 10th pick in the first round Thursday, the Browns selected LSU safety Grant Delpit with the 12th pick of the second round on Friday. In the third round, they chose Missouri defensive tackle Jordan Elliott with the 24th pick and LSU linebacker Jacob Phillips with the 33rd pick.
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LSU had a school-record five players selected in the first round Thursday. It had two players taken in the second round, and Phillips was the third LSU player taken in the third round.
A 6-foot-3, 203-pound junior from Houston, Delpit won the 2019 Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back. He’s a two-time first-team All-American who finished his college career with eight interceptions.
NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein wrote of Delpit: He’s an “aggressive, urgent striker with good upside who posted a disappointing follow-up to an exciting 2018 campaign. His evaluation requires a full load of 2018 tape, where his coverage potential was better illustrated. He transitions with instinctive eyes and plays physically against tight ends.”
Elliott, a 6-4, 315-pound redshirt junior from Missouri City, Texas, was named a first-team All-American by Pro Football Focus last fall. He played his freshman season at Texas in 2016 and then transferred to Missouri and sat out the 2017 season. He was the 88th overall selection.
The 6-3, 229-pound Phillips, who’s from Nashville, Tenn., was a two-year starter who led LSU in tackles in 2019.
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