2013 NFL Draft: Baltimore Ravens Select John Simon
The Baltimore Ravens selected John Simon in the 2013 NFL Draft. The pick is part of a continued theme for the Ravens in this draft to take into account the leadership ability, and Simon fits that bill. The Ravens play multiple fronts and Simon is smart and athletic enough to fit the system. The Ravens seem to have a very good log-jam at outside linebacker with Courtney Upshaw and Elvis Dumervil added to the team within the last year.
Simon is a player that is known as a good pass rusher and a solid edge rusher. One would assume he would be a back up to Terrell Suggs in the near future. He plays with a high motor with the natural ability to chase ball-carriers, and is also projected to be a 3-4 outside linebacker.
His weakness, according to some scouts, is his size and length. I wouldn’t pay attention to that though, due to the fact that he can flat-out play. The other issue scouts talk about is his lack of explosiveness coming off the line. With all of that said, he did run a 4.6 at his pro day despite having shoulder surgery earlier in the off-season.
His ability to set the edge will make him stay on the Ravens roster for quite some time. Suggs is the last player the Ravens drafted in the past that had a solid balance of pass rush skills and run stopping ability, which was back in 2003.
John Simon is a very talented player with a lot of potential to improve. With a tutor in Suggs to learn from, Simon is will likely excel with the Baltimore Ravens.