Look I’m a tape guy. I had us trading down for Okudah or Brown. With a TD for Simmons a distant third choice, just due to him (in my mind) being a 230lb coverbacker in our system which doesn’t favor coverbackers. THEN he showed up at 238 and ran a 4.39. Then Brown made Snacks 3 cone time look like Jahvid Best and was 326 which is less 3t/5t tweener which was highly valuable, and more A’Shawn plus NT which isn’t to 3-5 valuable. Kinlaw seems more that, but I don’t think is top 5 material. I’m ok with how Okudah ran. Not blown away mind you, but I think he’s a plug and play CB that won’t let you down as a day one #2 and will take away a teams #1 more often than not IMO.
So now I’m trying to convince myself that Patricia (and Undlin) can put a guy like this, to work. Christian Jones is the least talented of the existing LB’s under contract. So that is where I see the fit in a 4-3. 256 to 238 is a big swing, but what he lacks in sand in the britches, he makes up for in playmaking ability. In a Nickle he’s covering RB’s, TE’s and Slot receivers. If they want to go 3 man front with Tavai, Jones and JD, you can put Simmons at JACK and have him rush from the LOS.
You basically don’t have to take this guy off the field ever. He can be your 4th DB. The guy has the tape, the stats, big games, elite competition and now elite explosive numbers at a better weight. LB at 5? Normally no, but when I’m looking at defensive playmakers, it’s getting harder and harder to ignore Simmons for me. Is he a better prospect than Devin White? I think so.