When the Seattle Seahawks selected LSU cornerback Tharold Simon in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, they found a player who almost perfectly fits their defensive identity. At 6’2” and 202 pounds, Simon is exactly what Pete Carroll and John Schneider look for in their secondary players; he’s big.
Simon’s size isn’t the only thing that makes him a good fit in Seattle. So does his attitude. Simon possesses the same quiet confidence exuded by the current members of the Seahawks secondary known as the “Legion of Boom”, although Richard Sherman‘s confidence isn’t exactly quiet. In college, Simon wasn’t afraid to get in the faces of opponents after big plays, which makes him a welcome addition to this group.
He uses his size and strength to physically dominate wide receivers, almost exactly the same way current Seattle cornerbacks Sherman and Brandon Browner do. Based on what I’ve seen from Simon in college, I honestly think he can compete with Browner for the starting spot opposite Sherman at some point this season. If Browner continues to struggle like he did at times last season, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see head coach Carroll throw in the young rookie.
Another reason success seems likely for Simon is the fact that he was selected in the fifth-round just like safety Kam Chancellor and cornerback Sherman were in 2010 and 2011, respectively. If Simon can play to his potential, it appears as if the Seahawks have found yet another hidden gem in the draft.
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