Isaiah Simmons could be the preliminary answer for the Joe Judge Giants.
Two victories at the end of the season probably cost the Giants a chance at the Ohio State Chase Young runner, but after the National University Soccer Championship on Monday night, Giants Twitter was excited about Clemson’s 21-year-old linebacker .
“The things I would do for the #Giants to write Isaiah Simmons … #GiantsPride” tweeted NYGToday.
“There is no other player in this draft more versatile than Isaiah Simmons. He plays multiple positions and ST. When listening to Joe Judge, I know he will use it for his strengths. Will the Giants recruit him? You have to wait and see. But it seems be your kind of man. #GiantsPride ” tweeted WBG84.
“I NEED ISAIAH SIMMONS IN BLUE GIANTS” tweeted jimmy_coppa.
NFL experts also rushed to praise the sensational performance of the junior red jersey.
“This game is a featured video of Simmons” tweeted Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network analyst and former explorer.
“It’s like creating a player that you wouldn’t allow your friend to use” Aaron Nagler replied, founder of Cheesehead TV.
This spring, the Giants will have the fourth overall selection of the 2020 NFL Draft behind the Bengals, Redskins and Lions. Several simulated drafts make the Giants select Simmons.
The Giants have multiple holes to fill, especially in the offensive line, but the defense gave up 28.2 points per game, the third worst in the NFL.
Judge, who was hired by the Giants last week, talked about his evaluation process at his introductory press conference.
“I didn’t look at them like a receiver, I didn’t see them as a tight wing, I didn’t see them as a linebacker,” Judge said. “I am used to seeing things from a general perspective of the players in terms of what they contribute to the team in general.
“Don’t try to put round pins in square holes. Find out what you have. Let them play with their strengths.”
The 6-foot 4-inch and 230-pound linebacker has demonstrated a fluid transition capability between race protection, rushing the pin and covering the receivers. Clemson’s defensive coordinator, Brent Venables, has proven to be an expert in Simmons deployment. Of its 738 snapshots in 2019, 35 percent were taken in the slot corner, 32 percent were in the linebacker, 18 percent in deep security, 14 percent in the defensive line and 1 percent in the wide corner, according to Pro Football Focus.
Simmons’ versatility is only parallel to his strange athletic ability. Your speed rivals that of his teammate and twice ACC player of the year, Travis Etienne Jr., who measures 5 feet 10. His physical statistics are slightly reminiscent of the current Seahawks defensive end, Jadeveon Clowney, who was first selected in the 2014 NFL Draft at the University of South Carolina. In the combined, Clowney measured 6 feet 5 feet, 266 pounds and recorded the fastest 40-yard run time of any defensive lineman in the draft class in 4.53 seconds.
The emphasis on coverage capacity has increased with the changing demands of the linebacker position.
“The linebacker’s position has evolved like no other in the last decade,” wrote Michael Renner of Pro Football Focus. “In 2009, the defenses had five or more defensive backs in just 35.7 percent of the plays. This season, that number is 58.0 percent, and it’s only going up. … No one has shown a more versatile skill set than Clemson’s Isaiah Simmons. “