The Chargers certainly took notice and met with Delmas after Wednesday's afternoon practice. Delmas, who finished his senior season with 109 tackles and four interceptions, could be the perfect complement to FS Eric Weddle.
"[I'm] just learning, constantly learning the system and understanding the scheme," said Delmas after Wednesday's Senior Bowl practice. "Football is an opportunity just to prove yourself once again."
Another player turning heads is Sherrod Martin, a safety from Troy. Although Troy is hardly a football factory, NFL scouts are more than familiar with the school's secondary -- last year, it produced Leodis McKelvin, who was selected by the Buffalo Bills with the No. 11 pick in the draft.
Martin is a rangy player who can cover a lot of ground in a hurry. He is physical enough to play near the line of scrimmage, yet also has the hips and acceleration to excel in man coverage. In fact, several teams will try him at cornerback.
"I'm a playmaker and a guy who won't make you worry about character issues," Martin said. "I'll handle business on the field as well as off the field."
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That latter skill could prove especially handy in San Diego should Darren Sproles depart as a free agent.
"I'm trying to show the coaches I am one of the best players here," he said.
Another safety getting noticed is Chip Vaughn from Wake Forest. Although Wake Forest isn't necessarily a small school, it is certainly known more for basketball than football. Nonetheless, Vaughn did his part to change the perception over the last two seasons, tallying 183 tackles and three interceptions during that span.
"When I first got to [Wake Forest] it was the Chris Paul show," Vaughn said. "That's what everybody on campus was talking about, the basketball team. Us on the football team, we hated that. … That's the one thing we're trying to turn around, the perception that Wake Forest is a basketball school."
Vaughn is better against the run than the pass, as his size (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) allows him to wreak havoc in the box. He lacks man coverage skills, but has the instincts and high football IQ to thrive if protected in the right scheme.
Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the Scout.com network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 15 years and covered the team since 2003.