Justin SimmonsFS BC

6-2.3, 202, (PD) 4.52! (O) 4.61

40" Vert! 10'6" Broad!

6.58 3-Cone! 3.85 SS! 

10.84 60-Yard Shuttle! 18 Reps,

 

Four Down DB.

By TOM

Simmons is an excellent smart free safety. Plays a lot of Cover Two. He protect the deep sideline as well as anyone in this Draft. Which is important for blitzing teams. He is one of the best cover Safeties in this Draft, and moved to CB last season for the last 6 games of the season. A couple of Corners got hurt and he had to step in and help the team. 

He is such a reliable player getting position behind the play, so no one gets behind him. He slides sideways following the O-line scheme very smartly. Then can plant his foot and explode to the other side on misdirection. He does a nice job shadowing the RB heading outside ten yards downfield incase he gets past his teammates. He reminds me of Harrison Smith.

He is guaranteed to make and stay on any roster for his rookie contract, because he is a special teams maven. He will come in right away and play on Special team. He has that knack for getting past blockers in the open field, which he uses wonderfully to get to returners and cause trouble. He could be one of the top Gunners from this Draft. And that is saying something with all the Safeties and fast linebackers available in this Draft.

He played CB in 2014, and wasn't bad. But he also stepped up into the Slot, and played some Corner in Nickel and Dime coverages. This is a very valuable asset that allows defenses to stay in their base defense on running downs, when a team goes three-wide. He could also be the 4th CB when teams go four-wide, and they want to stay in the Nickel if they think a team is going to run. He has experiences as a Number Two CB at BC, and experience in the slot in Nickel and Dime formations. I'm not saying he is a CB, but he gives teams some flexibility when the DC thinks teams are going to run in three and four WR sets.

2014 (JUNIOR): Started all 13 games, seven at free safety and the final six at right corner after moving due to injuries on the team ... led the Eagles with 76 tackles, 63 solo stops and two interceptions ... second on the team with five pass breakups ... member of the BC defense that ranked second in the nation, allowing just 94.5 rushing yards per game ... recorded two unassisted tackles, including a sack for a loss of 15 yards, one interception with a return of 20 yards, and a pass breakup at Massachusetts (Aug. 30) ... recorded eight tackles (seven solo) against Pittsburgh (Sept. 5) ... had seven tackles (five solo) against No. 9 Southern California (Sept. 13) ... recorded a career-high 11 tackles (10 solo) against Colorado State (Sept. 27) ... tallied nine tackles (eight solo) at NC State (Oct. 11) ... had five unassisted tackles, including one for a loss of a yard, and a career-high two pass breakups against Clemson (Oct. 18) ... posted three unassisted tackles and intercepted quarterback John Wolford's pass on the final drive of the game with BC leading by five at Wake Forest (Oct. 25) ... recorded eight tackles (four solo) and pass breakup at Virginia Tech (Nov. 1) ... tallied five tackles (four solo) against Louisville (Nov. 8) ... posted eight tackles (six solo) at No. 1 Florida State (Nov. 22) ... recorded six solo tackles against Penn State in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl (Dec. 27).

He will line up in deep Off against four Wides, and when the slot guy crosses behind the outside WR, he can pick him up and run 30 or 40 yards down field with him. Again, his experience as a BC CB in 2014, makes him so much more valuable to an NFL defense. He not only has the ability to cover WRs outside, you can see it on Tape in 2014 for six full games. Now he wasn't the best CB in the ACC or anything close, but he did it with toughness and some speed. DCs will want him to play Nickel or Dime CB so the defense can stay with a bigger schemes. Not only can he do that, you can see him do it a ton on Tape in 2015. You can make an argument that he is top Cover Safety in this Draft (if you consider Ramsey to be a CB like me. You don't take Ramsey in the top ten if you think he is a Safety).

He can line up in the slot, slide along the line behind his teammates, get in front of the RB on a Dive, and get in on the tackle. When he is lined up on the Seam, he can come up fast to hit the WR catching he ball over the middle. He can get from outside the Seam to the middle of the field to intercept he ball. He has that knack for getting himself into position over the top to intercept the ball. Playing at Corner really helped him see offenses better. He is so good at tracking down the speed guys after they catch the ball in the middle of the field. 

When you have a Safety that can cover a Slot guy like that, and play Cover two like an All-Pro,  you have something very special on you hands. He is so fast moving across the field. He made more plays than any Safety in this Draft, when he is line up on one side and has to cross to the other side of the field to make a play. Great speed and change of direction in the open field. 

Additional Notes:

Louisville: Plays a ton of Cover Two. He can play on both Seams. Great range going after the ball. Simmons lines up on the Seam a lot, and he can run with WRs all over the field. He will have no trouble running with tight ends down the Seam. It won't take long for him to be one of the top Cover Safeties on tight ends going down the seam. I would even think about him covering TEs as a rookie. He is also a good late blitzer from the seam when the TE stays in to block. He has some explosion turning and running to the other side of he field.

Duke: He is so good at coming downhill when RBs turn up field on outside runs. Explosive tackler. He can stay behind the fastest guys in the ACC when they are going deep down the sideline. That is a nice Combo. He also is excellent at finding the RB in traffic. He goes into pileups when the RB is still standing, and finds his legs. If the Pats didn't have 15 Safeties on the roster BB would take this kid in the 2nd. This kid is the kind of football player that BB likes in almost every facet. A four down Safety who is great on special Teams. Hell, even with eight Safeties on the Roster Bill could still take him. He is a better prospect than Jordan Richard.

Combine: Played at E-W. He has pretty good hips for a safety. He has a great burst after changing direction. He has some snap in his hips. He can turn and run. He might be the most underrated guy in this Draft. He can cover in the slot. Played over the top, and is an excellent form tackler out in space. Plus, he can be a down hill tackler. That is what every team needs now a days in the NFL. He plays with great explosion. He showed that trait at the Combine with a 40" vertical leap and 12'6" broad jump. 

East West Game: He plays with some nice field speed. He can really hit guys. He is better in coverage than given credit. He won a start at the East West Shrine game. He can step up into the hole and hit the RB. He can also shed the blocker on the edge and make the tackle. He has some speed to the RB on the edge. He was making plays all over the field.

Simmons Vs FSU:

Why is he a Day Two pick? Because he can cover. Here he is over the top of the Twins. Watch him read the play and hit the WR as quick as anyone (:01). Here he is in slot coverage turning and running with the WR. Then he trips and falls (:11). Here he is lined up over the Twins, but can't get inside (:37). Lined up in Cover Two. He steps up when  the TE motions to his side. He sets the edge and makes the tackle (1:12). He blitzes from the seam and almost gets the sack (1:28). Here he is over the top of Twins left (1:58). He takes the inside guy, and tackles him as soon as he catches the ball.

Back in Cover Two. He heads to the left following the formation and the QBs eyes. Then the QB takes off to the other side. Watch how quickly he comes all the way across the field to take him down (2:12). On the right seam. Watch the speed as he takes off to the other side on the field, and then has to curl up field, and dive out to just get him out of bounds (2:22). He always seems to get himself into position to make a play. He made those plays against ND, but he doesn't seem to be making the plays in this game.

He lines up a lot on or about the Seam. Watch how quickly he changes direction once he sees the QB kept it. He has some nice explosion out of his COD. Then he gets all the way across the field to get in front of the QB. He gets himself into position to almost have a shot at intercepting the dump off (3:09). There he is. He makes a play on the ball in coverage on the little slot WR (3:22). Watch the feet as he breaks outside out of his pedal, and then attacks the WR. He grabs his arm as the ball arrives.

Lined up in Press on the Slot WR. He gets a nice jam in, and smashes him into the outside WR on the pick play, and forces the QB to bail. That is great coverage in the slot (3:46). Back on the Seam. He blitzes a little late, flushes the QB but he gets away (4:00). On the Seam, filling the hole, and he gets to the RB in massive traffic (4:23). Slot Corner. That is terrific coverage of the Slot guy for any CB (4:39). That was not his best Tape, but you saw the traits that can make him great on the next level. I knew I should have gone with the Fighting Irish Tape. Maybe I'll do a quickie. He was so good against The Irish. 

Simmons Vs FSU:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpRRQQjWpTg

 

Simmons Vs The Fighting Irish:#

He understand angles and how to force the faster quicker WR out of bounds (:05). He can get from one side of the field to the other in coverage as the Cover One Safety, that alone makes him a Day Two pick (:28). He is like a guided missile going for the RB (:58). Coverage is so much more important to NFL teams now than run defense. But your safeties still have to be able to tackle, and he is one of the best tacklers in this Draft.

He just has that knack for finding the ball carrier in traffic (2:05). I love how he gets from one side of the field to the other to make a tackle (3:12). He lines up on the seam a lot, and gets over to the other side of the field to make tackles. 

Plays special teams. He played Gunner against Notre Dame and caused a fumble with his positioning and almost recovered it (3:23). But because the returner waved for a fair catch, and then picked up the dribbler and ran, it was a penalty that pinned them inside the 10. Teams have to have gunners who have that knack for getting downfield and causing problems. He is a four down player.

Slot Corner (3:59). Gets in front of the RB in traffic on the goal line (4:05). Slot Corner. Watch how he avoids the pick. You have to have experience at CB to do that (4:05). Cover One (5:07). He was playing over the top on the sideline, and flew to the middle of the field for an impressive INT against Notre Dame. That was a great INT. He slid down in the middle of the field like a short stop to snag that one. 

Then he got a second one off a tipped pass (5:54). He lined up over Twins-Left. The ball was high. The WR jabbed at it, and a DE punched it up as well. Simmons somehow snagged the double tip right on the goal line to stop an ND TD that would have put them up two scores. BC kicked a field goal off his first INT to get within a touchdown. But BC couldn't score off the second one. 

Fuller is going in the 1st to Houston because of his speed. Watch Simmons impossibly track him down out in space and form tackle him to the ground with some nasty (7:01). He almost had a third turnover. After he hit Fuller over the middle the ball came out, but Fuller was down. Okay, you saw his worst Tape against FLA ST. You saw his best Tape against Notre Dame. The truth is somewhere in between. I don't see how a four down Safety like him makes it out of Day Two.

Simmons Vs ND:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wzk53iaoNUw

 

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Simmon's Official Bio:

SIMMONS' CAREER HIGHS:
All-purpose yards: 20 at Massachusetts, Aug. 30, 2014
Interceptions: 1, three times
Long interception return: 2 vs. Maryland, Oct. 27, 2012
Tackles: 11 vs. Colorado State, Sep. 29, 2014 (10-1)
Tackles for loss: 1.0, three times
Sacks: 1.0 at Massachusetts, Aug. 30, 2014
Fumbles forced: 1, at Army, Oct. 6, 2012; vs. Maine, Sept. 8, 2012
Pass breakups: 2 vs. Clemson, Oct. 25, 2014

NOTES: Named to the Wuerffel Trophy watch list before the start of the 2015 season.

2014 (JUNIOR): Started all 13 games, seven at free safety and the final six at right corner after moving due to injuries on the team ... led the Eagles with 76 tackles, 63 solo stops and two interceptions ... second on the team with five pass breakups ... member of the BC defense that ranked second in the nation, allowing just 94.5 rushing yards per game ... recorded two unassisted tackles, including a sack for a loss of 15 yards, one interception with a return of 20 yards, and a pass breakup at Massachusetts (Aug. 30) ... recorded eight tackles (seven solo) against Pittsburgh (Sept. 5) ... had seven tackles (five solo) against No. 9 Southern California (Sept. 13) ... recorded a career-high 11 tackles (10 solo) against Colorado State (Sept. 27) ... tallied nine tackles (eight solo) at NC State (Oct. 11) ... had five unassisted tackles, including one for a loss of a yard, and a career-high two pass breakups against Clemson (Oct. 18) ... posted three unassisted tackles and intercepted quarterback John Wolford's pass on the final drive of the game with BC leading by five at Wake Forest (Oct. 25) ... recorded eight tackles (four solo) and pass breakup at Virginia Tech (Nov. 1) ... tallied five tackles (four solo) against Louisville (Nov. 8) ... posted eight tackles (six solo) at No. 1 Florida State (Nov. 22) ... recorded six solo tackles against Penn State in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl (Dec. 27).

2013 (SOPHOMORE): Appeared in all 13 games ... recorded 34 tackles, including 22 solo tackles, and three pass break-ups ... registered six tackles and one pass break-up in the team's 29-26 win at Maryland (Nov. 23) ... tallied six solo tackles and one fumble recovery against Arizona (Dec. 31) at the AdvoCare v100 Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La. ... recorded five tackles against Army (Oct. 5) ... tallied four tackles at North Carolina (Oct. 26) and New Mexico State (Nov. 9).

2012 (FRESHMAN): Appeared in all 12 games ... started six games at free safety, one at cornerback ... ranked seventh on the team with 52 tackles ... tied for the team lead with two forced fumbles ... posted three tackles and a forced fumble against Maine (Sept. 8) ... registered four tackles and forced a fumble at Army (Oct. 6) ... notched six tackles against Florida State (Oct. 13) ... recorded three tackles and a pass breakup at Georgia Tech (Oct. 20) ... tallied seven tackles, a pass breakup, and first career interception versus Maryland (Oct. 27) ... career-high eight tackles at Wake Forest (Nov. 3) ... recorded seven solo stops against Notre Dame (Nov. 10) ... posted five tackles and one pass breakup against Virginia Tech (Nov. 17) ... registered seven tackles and a pass breakup at NC State (Nov. 24).

Juston Simmons Stats

Tackles Def Int Fumbles
Year School Conf Class Pos G Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR FF
2012 Boston College ACC DB 12 31 21 52 0.0 0.0 1 2 2.0 0
*2013 Boston College ACC SO DB 8 22 12 34 1.0 0.0 0 0 0 3 1 0
*2014 Boston College ACC JR DB 13 63 13 76 2.0 1.0 2 20 10.0 0 5 0 0
2015 Boston College ACC SR DB 12 49 18 67 1.0 0.0 5 28 5.6 0 1 3 2
Career Boston College 165 64 229 4.0 1.0 8 50 6.3 0 9 4 2

 

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