He does a good job coming up and shows willingness in run support. Can wrap up and make the stop on the edge at the point of attack. Shows some ability to work in the box as well as blitz off the corner. Will deliver a hit on the receiver over the middle. Does a decent job in centerfield when he's able to keep things in front of him. Shows decent ball skills, able to jump a route on the outside.
Doesn't have great size or speed. Not very big vs. the run and can miss some stops because of it. Will also take some bad angles and get stuck in traffic. Doesn't have the ideal range and awareness to make many plays in coverage.
Simmons is a capable receiver that shows enough skill in all areas to compete at the next level. But nothing really stands out about him. He was a productive player for his two years at Missouri, but had his senior year marred by injuries and disciplinary problems. He started as a junior at FS, recording 73 tackles, 3 for loss, 1 INT, 2 PBUs, 2 forced fumbles, and a recovery after two-year career at Hutchinson JC. As a senior, he tore his meniscus in the season opener, but then was suspended after recovering for what are rumored to be alcohol-related issues. And then when he came back after a few more games, he was suspended again for undisclosed disciplinary reasons. He still manged to be productive in 6 games (2 starts) with 43 tackles, 0.5 for loss, 2 picks, and 1 fumble recovery. He also returned kicks, mainly as a junior, but averaged 22.4 yards on 39 career returns.
Simmons if he can show the discipline needed to work on his game, can stick in the pros as a reserve safety. He's a good college safety, not great. He's not a big-time playmaker, but can contribute vs. the run and in coverage and is not prone to making a ton of mistakes on the field. If he can produce on special teams, there's no reason to think he can be a capable backup free safety in the league for several years. And if he gets comfortable in a system, he can be a decent stopgap starter for a few games in the case of injuries. He'll never be a long-term option to start, but with time and development he should be able to add quality depth to most NFL rosters.
Simmons can push for time in the Falcons secondary. He's probably not a great candidate to push Schillinger as the backup free safety, but can at least compete for a practice squad spot and then hope that a year or two down the road he'll have improved enough to make a roster spot. He can stick in Atlanta if he shines on special teams. If not, then he's just a body.
Simmons is good enough to get looks in the seventh round, but the off-field issues and lack of long-term upside mean he's a better value as an undrafted free agent.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Ball Skills: 2.5
Scouting reports of the safeties in the 2011 Draft.
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