Isaiah Simmons is the Swiss-Army knife in this year’s NFL draft. Simmons has played a number of positions for the Clemson Tigers, including the linebacker and safety positions. In my opinion, Simmons is a top five talent in this year’s draft but could wind up falling into the teens. Whether a team drafts him to play linebacker or safety, that team will wind up with a dangerous weapon on the defensive side of the ball.
The positive attributes for Simmons are many. Simmons is terrific in pass coverage; he does not have issues covering the running back out of the backfield at all. Simmons does not give up on a play and he is a solid tackler. The versatility that Simmons has displayed in the college game will serve him in well in the NFL. Simmons’ speed allows him to play sideline to sideline and be a disruptive force to opposing offenses.
To find some negatives in Simmons’ game folks really must split hairs. The one area that has become evident on some of the film is that Simmons could improve on fighting off blocks. Some teams may not know where to play Simmons, but let’s face it, Simmons is simply too athletic not to draft. I feel sorry for the teams that pass on him; he has the potential to be the best player in the draft.
Simmons is an early first round selection that could fall into the teens. Simmons is a special player with unique talents and it will be interesting over the years to watch how he works out for whoever will draft him.