John Simon isn’t the most physically impressive defensive end in this draft, but he more than makes up for it with his effort and leadership.
The Ohio State product was a big leader of the program, and had an effective senior season which helped boost his draft stock. He could become a man without a position, however, and NFL teams will need to decide how to use him at the next level.
+ Solid, thick upper body
+ Plays with a very high motor
+ Pursues the ball and tackles well
+ Great leader, team captain
- Issues with height and length
- Not explosive off the line
- Doesn’t have great pass-rush moves
- May need to change to a 3-4 OLB
Simon definitely doesn’t have desired measurables for a 4-3 DE. He’s only 6’1″ and has average 33 1/4″ arms. He’s strong, as evidenced by his weight at 257 lbs., although he has not done the bench press during the pre-draft process due to a shoulder injury.
He held an individual workout after…
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