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Trenton Simpson

LB

Clemson

Height

6023

Weight

235

Vertical
Hand
Arm
Wingspan
4048
1028
3238
7748
4048
1028
3238
7748
40-Time
Vertical
Broad Jump
3-Cone
4.43
4048
9-10
7.07
4.43
4048
9-10
7.07
10-Time
20-Time
20-Shuttle
60-Shuttle
1.55
4.25
1.55
4.25

7.70

Final Grade

Injury History

Games Evaluated

Games Evaluated: v FSU '22; v Notre Dame '22; v Boston College '22

Team Fit

Bears

Lions

Cardinals

Strengths 

Versatile. Aggressive and plays with a constantly high motor. Is an asset in pass coverage and strives in the box vs the run. Strength in the box v run and can go from gap to gap to counter offensive plays and minimize effectiveness of offense.

Weaknessess

Route recognition needs to be improved. Learn to make tackles and not just the big play/turnover. Work on counters when going up against linemen on plays. Needs to polish his ability to shed blocks v lineman.

Big Picture

Simpson is a very versatile linebacker that plays well versus both the run and the pass. He will fit in various defensive schemes although his strength will be versus the run and playing in the box as weakside linebacker. He has the athletic ability to pursue the ball carrier from sideline to sideline and recovers well if beaten in pass coverage.

Player Comp

Jerome Baker

Athleticism:

6.75

7.25

Works well sideline to sideline. Also closes quickly and pursues ball carrier at proper angle. Attacks play well to make tackle disrupt timing, or funnel ball carrier back into defense. Plays better suited for coverage/qb spy rather than v run. Coverage v slot/tight end is a plus.

Lateral Agility
Explosiveness
Playing Speed
Play Strength
Closing Quickness
8.00
8.40
8.30
7.90
7.90
8
8.40
8.30
7.90
7.90

7.70

Pass Rush Ability:

7.25

7.25

Big Play Ability

First-Step Quickness
Rush with Leverage
Pass Rush Moves
Timing
8.40
7.90
7
7.50
8.40
7.90
7.00
7.50

Not tasked with pass rush however does have ability to put pressure on qb and disrupt offense/blitz. Highest sack total (6.5) ranked 10th in ACC for 2021 season. Will use his combination of speed and power to attack the passer and disrupt offenses.

Coverage:

7.80

7.25

Strong athletic ability to play variety of spots on field traditional to in slot coverage and assist on boundaries. Recognizes route well and adjusts accordingly to attack ball carrier and break from initial assignment. Has the ability to cover wide range on the field. Needs to work on route recognition to avoid miscues in zone coverage.

Fluidity
Route Recognition
Man Coverage
Zone Coverage
8.00
7.80
7.80
7.60
8.0
7.80
7.80
7.60

Against The Run:

7.70

7.25

Is able to attack vs the run and covers sideline to sideline. Pursues proper angles when tackling. Does sometimes look to make big play (i.e. strip, cause fumble) rather than simply make the tackle. Has and shows athletic ability to be asset in the run. Has ability to attack his gap assignment as well as scrape and move to the next gap/adjust and counter run play.

Play with Leverage
Stack and Shed
Range
Pursuit Angles
Tackling
7.80
7.40
7.90
8.00
7.4
7.80
7.40
7.90
8.0
7.40

Competitiveness:

7.80

He's going to battle on each and every play to help team. Showcases his leadership on the field and will constantly work to make play/pursue ball carrier. High energy motor on every play.

Toughness
Leadership
Consistency/Motor
7.90
7.50
8.00
7.90
7.50
8.0

Intelligence:

7.47

7.25

While he does have versatility to do a lot on the field, route recognition and eye discipline need to be improved. Although his strength is playing in the box, he is also an asset in coverage schemes and can line up in slot coverage just as easily.

Processing Skills:
Play Recognition
Position Versatility
7.40
7.30
7.70
7.40
7.30
7.70
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