Penn State Class Of 2016: Top NFL Prospect

A blast from the Nittany Lions' past has had a significant impact on defensive end Shane Simmons' future.

Having a mentor like former Penn State All-American LaVar Arrington is a plus for four-star defensive end Shane Simmons when it comes to NFL potential. But there is much more to it than that.

At 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, Simmons is an elite athlete. People tend to focus on his reported 4.78-second 40, which may not be eye-popping. But let us know the last time you saw a pass rusher having to cover 40 yards to get to the quarterback.

Simmons is super quick. In the first time he tests as a Nittany Lion, don't be surprised if he makes a run at the program record for fastest NFL shuttle by a defensive lineman. He has already clocked a sub-4.2, which would top the list. That's the kind of quickness you see from the top defensive ends and pass-rushing outside linebackers in the NFL. Did you happen to catch the Super Bowl last night?

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Simmons has the sort of frame that can carry another 30 pounds. He also has extremely long arms — probably the longest in the class — and huge hands. 

Beyond that, he played at a high school power (DeMatha Catholic) that faced excellent competition, and then turned heads by dominating against the best of the best in practices leading up to the Under Armour All-America Game.

Getting back to Arrington, it would be a mistake to understate that relationship. Simmons has been working out with and receiving guidance from a seven-season NFL veteran, dynamic personality and very smart guy (Google Arrington's net worth) for years now. 


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