Additionally, Timmons authored several game-changing plays. He scored on an interception, a fumble recovery and a blocked punt return - one of two kicks he blocked last year. For his efforts, he was named all-ACC honorable mention and co-recipient of the Seminoles' Hinesman Award, given to the player with the most dominant overall performance.
Timmons has the ability to excel in any scheme but prefers to play in a 3-4 defense, the brand currently deployed in San Diego.
"I'd say (I prefer the) 3-4 because I rush off the end," he said. "But coverage is everything at FSU. We drop just as much as anybody. I've been doing it since I've been there."
Although he got a taste for the 3-4 in college, the Seminoles' primary defense was a 4-3 alignment.
"In our 3-4 at FSU, I played the Will and Sam, so I played both outsides. We ran 3-4 like 25 percent of the time," Timmons said.
That versatility would be a great addition to San Diego's linebacker corps. At outside linebacker, he and Marques Harris would combine to give the Chargers tremendous pass-rushing talent coming off the bench.
Also, he has the ability to play some inside linebacker, a considerable bonus given the offseason losses of Donnie Edwards and Randall Godfrey.
The problem is that General Manager A.J. Smith would have to burn his first-round pick to acquire Simmons. Although that may be a good value selection, the Chargers seem to have more pressing needs elsewhere.
Still, if any team is able to abide by the best-player-available theory it is the Chargers, a team coming off a 14-win season in which it sent a dozen players to the Pro Bowl.
During his private workout, Timmons will have a chance to convince the Chargers that he should be the top pick in their 2007 draft – assuming he falls to No. 30, that is. If his case is as convincing as his game film, Smith may just be enamored enough to draft him.