In a first round that could, and should, feature four quarterbacks, five wide receivers, and one Chase Young, it’s easy to forget about some of the other great players that will be drafted. Isaiah Simmons, the 21-year-old linebacker from Clemson, is one of those players that seems to have forgotten about in this year’s draft. Simmons had 104 tackles, 7 sacks, 3 interceptions, and a forced fumble in his redshirt junior season at Clemson, but perhaps the most impressive stat is that he played snaps at linebacker, defensive end, cornerback, and safety. He is this year’s Jabrill Peppers.
Simmons figures to be primarily a linebacker in the NFL, but the option of flexibility for Simmons to play at multiple positions is a huge bonus for the team that drafts him. Simmons not only offers teams the flexibility of positions, but he also offers them the flexibility of putting him in blitz packages and coverage packages. He’s got a unique blend of speed, quickness, and explosive bursts that allow him to seemingly be everywhere on the field at once. He’s got a great knack for playing the ball and excellent tackling ability that will help him on the next level.
Simmons will likely be drafted early in the draft with some mocks having him picked within the top-5. His tremendous playmaking and coach-ability attributes will allow any team that takes him to mold him into a top notch starter immediately. Simmons projects to be a Pro Bowl level talent right away in the NFL.
Arms: 33 3/8″
Hands: 9 5/8″
40-Yard Time: 4.39 seconds (unofficial)
Bench Press: did not participate
Potential Landing Spots: Giants, Lions, Panthers