Outside linebacker, Clemson Tigers
40 time: 4.39
After redshirting and competing in the long jump for Clemson’s track and field team in 2016, Simmons debuted on the football field at safety in 2017, notching 49 tackles (three for loss) and five pass breakups in 14 games. Defensive coordinator Brent Venables moved him to outside linebacker in 2018, and Simmons took off, collecting 89 tackles (nine for loss) an interception and three forced fumbles. He considered entering the 2019 draft but returned to cement himself as a first-round pick. He did so resoundingly, piling up 102 tackles (16 for loss), eight sacks and three interceptions while winning the Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker.
As expected, Simmons dazzled at the NFL Scouting Combine, posting a 4.39-second 40-yard dash (first among LBs), 39-inch vertical (T-third) and 132-inch broad jump (second).
Projection: First Round