NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Ohio State DE John Simon
|04.10.13 at 7:12 am ET|
WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that might be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2013 NFL draft. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots to make a selection.
Position: Defensive end/outside linebacker
School: Ohio State
Weight: 263 pounds
Achievements: 2012 Big Ten Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year, 2012 Big Ten Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year, 2012, 2011 All-Big Ten (media, coaches), 2012 All-America third team (AP), 2012 Walter Camp All-America second team, 2011 Bill Willis Trophy (nation’s most outstanding defensive lineman), 2010 All-Big Ten honorable mention (2010)
What he brings: Simon was recognized as one of the great leaders in college football and has both great physical and mental strength. He has good agility and outstanding upper-body strength that helps him consistently make tackles. He’s very good with his hands, batting down arms of linemen attempting to block him. Simon reportedly is a great teammate and leader who is extremely dedicated and motivated. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer constantly referred to Simon as the “heart and soul” of the 2012 Buckeyes.
Where the Patriots could get him: Round 3 or later
Notes: Simon is only the eighth two-time captain in Ohio State history. He led the Big Ten in sacks (9.0) and ranked second in tackles for loss (14.5) in 2012. In his senior season, Simon tied a school record with 5.0 tackles for loss against Nebraska. Simon has been compared to Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich.
Video: Here’s a look at Simon in action vs. Penn State last season.