Originally Posted by DBroncos4life
John Simon is the perfect LEO DE for us. His pro day numbers put him in the top 10 in every category. 40 time 4.62, 34 inch vertical, 10'01 broad, 7.10 3 cone, and 4.42 20 yard shuttle.
He is a second round guy that would allow Denver to still go after a MLB in the 1st round.
Like Simon, Gholston was a guy who seemed to be at his best with one hand in the dirt while he was chasing down quarterbacks from his defensive end position. Both Simon and Gholston played Ohio State’s hybrid drop-end position, called the Leo or Viper, while they were in Columbus, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they have the right skill set to play outside linebacker at the next level.
I think Simon would be an excellent weakside DE replacement for Doom. I actually selected him in the OM mock draft (4th round) and I've compared him coming out of college with Doom before actually.
Simon has very mature pass rush fundamentals for a college graduate. He plays a bit stiff in the body because he's so damn yoked up, but for a weakside DE who will rarely if ever drop into coverage that shouldn't be a big deal. He's explosive off the line and has the upper body power to man handle any OT who lets him get inside on them. Nice but not terrific arm length, but he's a technician with his hands and makes the most of every inch of reach he's got.
He'd be a perfect fit for our 3rd round selection if he's still hanging around. I wouldn't even complain if we take him in the 2nd, but if we can hold off until the 3rd he's MASSIVE value there.