Senior 6’2″ 202
- Experienced and durable; played all four years and didn’t miss a game due to injury.
- Has great length which helps him disrupt balls at the catch point and consistently wrap up ball carriers for minimal YAC.
- Not the biggest safety in terms of weight, but he has the aggression and competitiveness to make hard, sound tackles and match up physically with tight ends.
- His instincts lack some, as often he’s late in recognizing the play or route and can get fooled by misdirection/play action.
- Ran a 4.61 in the 40 yard dash; average to slightly below average speed on tape.
- Fluid athlete who’s able to change direction well, flip his hips and pursue; best 3 cone and short shuttle time of all defensive backs at the combine.
- Exceptional at playing single high safety, reading the quarterbacks eyes and taking a great angle to the receiver to break up the play.
- Has great ball skills due to long arms, awareness, and overall athleticism/body control.
*Report by Erik Olson
Justin Simmons was a two star recruit out of Stuart, Florida. He chose to attend Boston College over Illinois, Purdue, Western Michigan, and FIU. Simmons is a player who is very reliable in the run game and in coverage which should lead to a long career. He’s never shy to be aggressive in the run game and is a very sound tackler, using proper wrap up form with his long arms. In coverage, he shows great range and ball skills that allow him to stop plays from happening over the top of defense. While he may not have the best long speed, Simmons tested very well in explosion and change of direction testing at the NFL combine. This athletic ability combined with great length and aggressive nature will help in matchup up with tight ends and slot receivers at the next level. Simmons may never be a big time playmaker in the NFL due to slightly subpar instincts, Simmons should be able to develop into a solid contributor.
Pro comp: Morgan Burnett
NFL draft value: 3rd round