LB Kevin Simon is Redskins' Last Pick

The Redskins took Tennessee linebacker Kevin Simon with their final selection in the draft.

Simon doesn't have ideal height for the NFL, but he has good athletic ability, particularly his quickness. This from a scouting report on Simon from Scout.com's Volunteers site InsideTennessee.com:

A few years ago, Landry loved linebacker Kevin Simon. That was before Simon's second major knee injury forced him to miss most of the 2004 season. In his only two full seasons at Tennessee, Simon led the team in tackles: 2003 and 2005.

Simon has lost much of his explosiveness because of injuries, Landry said.

``Injuries have hurt Simon,'' Landry said. ``You worry about that. I'd be lying if I said otherwise.''

Landry said Simon is undersized (5-11, 237) to be an inside linebacker and would struggle to cover a 6-4 tight end because of his height.

``He could probably play weakside in some schemes,'' Landry said. ``He could be a nickel backer. He has pretty good cover skills. 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 not Al Wilson but he's certainly an intense guy that has leadership qualities.''

Landry said Simon is more athletic than Miami's undersized middle linebacker, Zach Thomas.

Here is Scout.com's draft profile of him:

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 redshirt 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 ‘03 season, injuries have slowed Simon's development the past two years. Enters the draft with medical red flags and may never start at the next level.


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