Early in his career, Simon was viewed as the next big thing in the football-crazed Southeastern Conference, however injuries prevented him from fully living up to expectations.
A second major knee injury forced him to miss most of the 2004 season. However, in his only two full seasons at Tennessee, Simon did lead the team in tackles: 2003 and 2005.
"Injuries have hurt Simon,'' an NFL Scout told Scout.com in a recent interview. ``You worry about that. I'd be lying if I said otherwise.
"Before his injuries, his cover skills were outstanding. He has good awareness, change of direction, body control, he can step over trash - blockers - and he's very active. He's certainly an intense guy that has leadership qualities.''
Simon is one of a handful of linebackers that have gone through a private workout with the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas has also taken a close look at LB Gerris Wilkinson (Georgia Tech), LB Jon Alston (Stanford), LB Ernie Sims (Florida State) and LB Bobby Iwuchukwu (Purdue).
It was just a year ago the Cowboys drafted LB Kevin Burnett, another linebacker out of Tennessee in the second round of the NFL draft.
Full Name: Kevin Simon School: Tennessee Pos: ILB
Ht: 5-10 Wt: 235 40: 4.95 Year: 5Sr
Bio: All-Conference selection last season after 88/4.5/12. Started two games in ‘04 before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Led the team in tackles as a junior, posting 115/6/4.5. Moved into the starting lineup as a red-shirt freshman, playing a quarter of the season before suffering his first knee injury.
Pos: Undersized yet explosive linebacker, very productive when healthy. Plays significantly faster than his 40 time, displays terrific range to the sideline and works hard to get involved in the action. Takes good angles to the play, quick to the flanks an effective in zone coverage.
Neg: More of a chase-and-drag-down tackler than a stout run defender. Struggled in coverage last year and seemed off his game.
Analysis: An explosive defender who looked like an up-and-comer during the during the ‘03 season, injuries have slowed Simon's development the past two years. Enters the draft with medical red flags.