Thursday, February 14, 2013

Scouting NFL Draft Prospect John Simon

     John Simon was a kid who caught my eye coming out of Cardinal Mooney High School for not only his football talents, but for his strength in the weight room and work ethic! I was able to see from his great work ethic and dedication that he would have a lot to offer on the field and in the locker room. Recently I decided to watch highlights showcasing Simon making plays on the field so I could do an evaluation on him since the NFL draft is coming up. This particular profile will feature; stats, accomplishments, his strength and weaknesses, and his projected round I see him getting picked and what teams would most likely select him for his services to address their needs.


Name: John Simon

College: Ohio State

Height: 6' 2'

Weight: 256

Arm Length: 32 3/4 (inches)

Hand Length: 9 3/8 (inches)

40 Time: 4.76

Bench Press: 225 Reps- 48  Max: 450lbs. (as of 2008) Squat 700lbs. (as of 2008)               

 College Stats & Achievements: 75 Tackles 64 Assists 139 Total
19.0 Sacks   9 Pass Deflections   3 Fumble Recoveries

  Named 2012 Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Year (led conference in sacks)
  2012 Big Ten Lineman of the Year (14.5 tackles for losses)

    Strengths: Strength, Pursuit of Ball, Explosiveness, Great Leadership Skills

   Weaknesses: -Some mechanic issues with body, needs a little more composure.
    -Despite incredible strength, may need to add 10-20lbs on his frame as he is a little undersized, especially if he plays Defensive End.

     Simon is truly a coaches dream player. Well disciplined, great leadership skills, excellent work ethic. If Simon is in the right system, he will adjust quite well as he has some versatility evident from switching to linebacker to playing on the D-Line as an end or tackle during college career at Ohio State.

    Simon has 1st round talent but as of right now, there are currently more NFL ready Defensive Prospects and Simon may need time to adjust before he reaches his full potential. I see Simon going anywhere between the 2nd- 4th round.

    Teams that could really use Simon's services
    - New England Patriots
    - Green Bay Packers
    - Tennessee Titans
    - Atlanta Falcons
    - Philadelphia Eagles
    - Detroit Lions
    - Tampa Bay Buccaneers


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