Browns rookie compares himself to HOFer, says team has best secondary in the NFL

By Vincent Frank
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Young Cleveland Browns players are not lacking in the confidence area. It was about this time last year that 2019 second-round pick Greedy Williams claimed the team to be Super Bowl contenders.

We all know how that worked out. Cleveland is coming off yet another losing season and just fired head coach Freddie Kitchens after one year in that role.

This has not stopped rookie second-round pick Grant Delpit, a former teammate of Williams at LSU, from making a couple bold claims.

The former Jim Thorpe Award winner as the nation’s best defensive back compared himself to Baltimore Ravens Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed. If that weren’t enough, Delpit also claims that his Browns have the best secondary in the NFL.

This type of confidence is one thing. Actually proving it on the football field is another thing. Williams learned that first-hand as a rookie for the Browns.

Cleveland’s defense did finish last season yielding just 25 touchdown passes compared to 14 interceptions for a low 89.0 quarterback rating. Fellow youngster, corner Denzel Ward, is among the best players at his position in the NFL. Even then, claiming to boast the best secondary in the league is a completely different monster.

As it relates to Delpit comparing himself to Reed, that’s also pretty darn premature. Having suited up for the Ravens from 2002-12, the first ballot Hall of Famer earned nine trips to the Pro Bowl and was recognized as an All-Pro five times.

Those are some mighty big shoes for Delpit to fill after a down season with the Tigers in 2019. At the very least, he seems to have the confidence to do it. That can’t be seen as a bad thing.