Most experts have Simpson ranked as a top 15 outside linebacker, and the scouts say that there is a tremendous amount of unfinished athletic potential in this player. Scott Eklund, Seahawks’NET’s key man for all our draft coverage, had this to say about Simpson: “Depends on how fluid and mobile he is ... (but) it's hard for me to see him playing strong safety. He was a very good coverage linebacker for the Crimson Tide, but he may not be flexible enough to play safety. Reminds me a lot of Michael Boulware, honestly, from the film I've seen.
Boulware was benched for several games in the 2006 season after proving ineffective in coverage and biting on run plays. Though he improved toward the end of the season. The Seahawks have been said to have been looking at safeties in this draft.
One red flag comes up with Simpson – given the character-centric emphasis that Team President Tim Ruskell prefers, Simpson’s May, 2006 arrest for receiving stolen property, possession of marijuana, and carrying a pistol without a license would seem to be a major stopping point. The other side of his past (Academic All-SEC athlete, balancing two degrees, received the Derrick Thomas Award (and was nominated for the Lott Trophy) is completely contradictory..
We can but wait and see as the Seahawks’ scouting process continues, but Seahawks.NET has confirmed that Seattle is giving Simpson a good, solid look.