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2015 NFL DRAFT

John Simon, OLB

School: Ohio State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Youngstown, OH
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 257 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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LATEST NEWS
03/28/2013 - Despite being hampered by a knee injury that limited him to just 11 games in 2012, Simon was named the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year with 44 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and a career-high nine sacks. On more than one occasion, the high-effort Simon was characterized by Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer as the "heart and soul" of the team.

Simon demonstrated enough athleticism during his drills Monday to reassure scouts from 3-4 clubs of his ability to pressure the quarterback as a stand-up rusher. He was clocked between 4.62 and 4.70 in the 40-yard dash and posted times of 4.42 seconds in the short shuttle and 7.10 in the three-cone drill. These times are in line with some of the other intriguing "second-tier" hybrid edge rushers of the 2013 draft class, like Auburn's Corey Lemonier and Southern Mississippi's Jamie Collins, among others.

Sporting similarly compact builds, as well as burst and power, Simon and the 6-0, 242-pound Harrison have a lot of similarities in the way that they wreak havoc off the edge. If healthy, Simon could prove to be an immediate impact defender likely to be available in the second to third round. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/28/2013 - Shoulder surgery prevented Ohio State's John Simon from participating in drills at the NFL Scouting Combine and at the school's pro day, so the defensive end held an individual workout on Monday. There were 12 teams present, with Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert the notable attendee.

Simon (6-foot-1, 257 pounds) had a variance in 40-yard dash times, ranging from 4.62 to 4.70 seconds. He had a 34-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-1 broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.42 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.10 seconds. Simon did not lift on the bench press since he did not want to take the chance of re-aggravating his shoulder injury. Simon's prospect rating is 70.5, which means he's a potential starter at best or a role player. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

03/28/2013 - While the Baltimore Ravens filled their need for another pass rusher by signing veteran Elvis Dumervil over the weekend, the Pittsburgh Steelers might be targeting a rookie to help take the place of five-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker James Harrison, who the team released two weeks ago in a cost-cutting move. Reports have surfaced that the 2008 Defensive Player of the Year might be willing to return to Pittsburgh, but general manager Kevin Colbert has never been one to wait for replacement options and, judging by his appearance Monday at a private workout for Ohio State pass rusher John Simon, Harrison may have waited too long. Colbert was the headliner among representatives from 12 teams at Simon's workout, according to a report from NFL.com's Gil Brandt.

The 6-1, 257-pound Simon starred as a defensive end for the Buckeyes but will likely have to make the transition to outside linebacker in the NFL at this size. He struggled when asked to do so in Mobile, Ala., during Senior Bowl practices before succumbing to a shoulder injury that kept him sidelined at the combine and during Ohio State's originally scheduled Pro Day, March 8. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/11/2013 - 2013 Ohio State Pro Day: One former Buckeye unable to perform in Columbus Friday was pass rusher John Simon, who continues to rehab a shoulder injury. He will hold his own Pro Day workout March 25. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/20/2013 - Top 10 most intriguing players at the combine: 10. John Simon, Ohio State, DL-OLB: Urban Meyer and seemingly every other coach who has been around this guy raves about his motor and toughness. Simon, the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year, is a guy who figures to have a shot at benching 225 in the 40s.

He's also pretty explosive off the bench, having broad-jumped 10 feet and, according to OSU strength staff, has clocked in the 4.6s in the 40 despite weighing 270 pounds. A shoulder injury, which kept him out of the Senior Bowl, is something that is worth monitoring. A bigger question will be whether he's seen as stiff when it comes to positional drills as team project where he'll play at the next level. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

01/22/2013 - 2013 SENIOR BOWL, MONDAY FALLER: OLB John Simon, Ohio State...It was a rough day for Ohio State linebacker John Simon who looked like a fish out of water attempting to cover running backs or tight ends one-on-one in man coverage. He often found himself turned around, lacking the natural hip movement or footwork to quickly adjust and blanket his man. As a college defensive lineman, it's unfair to judge him based on the first practice, but it's obvious Simon will need a lot of coaching if he wants to stay at linebacker. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/21/2013 - 2013 Senior Bowl, Monday North practice: It was a rough day for Ohio State linebacker John Simon, who looked like a fish out of water attempting to cover running backs and tight ends one-on-one in man coverage. He often found himself turned around, lacking the natural hip movement or footwork to quickly adjust and blanket his man. As a college defensive lineman, it's unfair to judge him based on the first practice, but it's obvious Simon will need a lot of coaching if he wants to stay at linebacker. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/16/2012 - 2012 WALTER CAMP ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM: DL John Simon, Ohio State, 6-2 263 Sr., Youngstown, OH...Simon, the Big Ten's defensive player of the year and its defensive lineman of the year, led the Big Ten in quarterback sacks (9.0 for minus-73 yards) and ranked second with 14.5 tackles-for-loss, totaling minus-87 yards - both Top 25 marks nationally. - Ohio State football

12/16/2012 - 2012 AP ALL-AMERICAN THIRD TEAM: DE - John Simon, senior, Ohio State...Simon, the Big Ten's defensive player of the year and its defensive lineman of the year, led the Big Ten in quarterback sacks (9.0 for minus-73 yards) and ranked second with 14.5 tackles-for-loss, totaling minus-87 yards - both Top 25 marks nationally. - Ohio State football

12/14/2012 - John Simon's impressive and growing list of accolades in 2012 includes his off-the-field contributions in addition to his on-field efforts. Monday, Ohio State's senior defensive tackle was named one of three finalists for the Fellowship of Christian Athlete's Bobby Bowden Award, an honor that goes to the college football player who best epitomizes being a student-athlete.

In order to be nominated for the Bobby Bowden Award, a player must conduct himself as a faith role model in the classroom, on the field, on the campus and in the community. The award is named for former Florida State University football coach Bobby Bowden.

University of Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley and Auburn University linebacker Ashton Richardson join Simon as a Bowden Award finalist. The 2012 Bobby Bowden Award winner will be announced at the FCA Bowl Championship Series site in Miami on January 4, 2013. - Ohio State football

12/04/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL John Simon, Ohio State, has been selected First Team All-Big Ten (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. One of eight semifinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, Simon led the Big Ten in quarterback sacks (9.0 for minus-73 yards) and ranked third with 14.5 TFL for minus-87 yards - both Top 25 marks nationally. He was named the Bednarik, Lott IMPACT and Performance Award national defensive player of the week after a school-record tying 5.0 TFLs (2.0 sacks) for minus-24 yards and forced a fumble vs. Nebraska.

He also turned in a dominating performance in the overtime win at Wisconsin with 4.0 sacks for minus-36 yards. He ranks seventh all-time at Ohio State in TFLs and sacks and was only the eighth two-time captain in Ohio State history. - Ohio State football

12/04/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): DL John Simon, Ohio State, has been selected First Team All-Big Ten (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. One of eight semifinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, Simon led the Big Ten in quarterback sacks (9.0 for minus-73 yards) and ranked third with 14.5 TFL for minus-87 yards - both Top 25 marks nationally.

He was named the Bednarik, Lott IMPACT and Performance Award national defensive player of the week after a school-record tying 5.0 TFLs (2.0 sacks) for minus-24 yards and forced a fumble vs. Nebraska. He also turned in a dominating performance in the overtime win at Wisconsin with 4.0 sacks for minus-36 yards. He ranks seventh all-time at Ohio State in TFLs and sacks and was only the eighth two-time captain in Ohio State history. - Ohio State football

11/27/2012 - 2012 BIG TEN SMITH-BROWN DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR: John Simon, Ohio State...One of eight semifinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, Simon led the Big Ten in quarterback sacks (9.0 for minus-73 yards) and ranked third with 14.5 TFL for minus-87 yards - both Top 25 marks nationally. He was named the Bednarik, Lott IMPACT and Performance Award national defensive player of the week after a school-record tying 5.0 TFLs (2.0 sacks) for minus-24 yards and forced a fumble vs. Nebraska. He also turned in a dominating performance in the overtime win at Wisconsin with 4.0 sacks for minus-36 yards. He ranks seventh all-time at Ohio State in TFLs and sacks and was only the eighth two-time captain in Ohio State history. - Ohio State football

11/22/2012 - BIG TEN: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 12: Keep an eye on: DE John Simon, 6-2, 260, Ohio State: Why you should watch him: After dominating Wisconsin's offensive line to the tune of four sacks in last Saturday's win, Simon now leads the Big Ten with nine sacks on the year. It was the type of game that NFL scouts drool over and with Urban Meyer's yearlong praise, Simon's stock his been soaring. Season stats: 44 tackles, 14.5 for loss, nine sacks, forced fumble.

Player ranking: Simon is ranked the 50th-best prospect overall and eigth-best defensive end, according to CBSSports.com's player rankings. Up next: Due to the Buckeyes' bowl ban, Simon will close out his career on Saturday against Michigan with an undefeated season on the line. - Mike Singer, CBSSports.com

11/19/2012 - WEEK 12 BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: John Simon, Ohio State, Sr., DL, Youngstown, Ohio/Cardinal Mooney...Totaled six tackles, including a program-record four sacks, in a 21-14 overtime victory against Wisconsin on Saturday...The four sacks is the most by a Big Ten player since Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan had four on Nov. 13, 2010 against Michigan...Ranks as the conference leader with nine sacks and is tied with teammate Ryan Shazier with 14.5 tackles for loss this season...Wins his second career Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award and first this season. - Big Ten football

10/10/2012 - BIG TEN: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 6: Keep and eye on: DE John Simon, 6-2, 260, Ohio State: Why you should watch him: Simon and Hankins form one of the best rush tandems in the Big Ten and when one absorbs a double-team, it opens up the other's ability to pressure the quarterback. Meyer called Simon, one of the team's captains, "the soul" of the Buckeyes' defense at Monday's press conference and his performance on Saturday -- five tackles for loss and two sacks -- only underscored that notion. Season stats: 24 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, three sacks. Player ranking: Simon is the 51st-best player overall and the ninth-best defensive end, according to CBSSports.com's player rankings. Up next: The Buckeyes travel to Bloomington to take on the 2-3 Hoosiers on Saturday night. - Mike Singer, CBSSports.com

08/09/2012 - Top-five Ohio State prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 2. DE John Simon...Simon scratches and crawls to the ballcarrier, doing whatever it takes and playing every series as if it were his last, but will also wear himself out at times because of his energetic attitude. He plays with urgency and the foot quickness to drop in space, but is more of a one-speed player without much explosion and lacks much body fluidity because of his rocked-up frame. Simon is more of a tweener DE/DT and lacks a natural position, which might end up being his largest weakness to scouts at the next level. He leads by example in every facet of his life and there aren't enough synonyms for "relentless" to describe him. But with several negatives on his scouting report, Simon isn't a lock to be drafted in the top 50 picks, even though every defensive line coach in the NFL will be banging the table for their team to draft Simon. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

08/09/2012 - Top-five Ohio State prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 2. DE John Simon...Arguably the most relentless and motivated player in college football, Simon has been a force for the Ohio State defensive line since stepping foot on campus four years ago and lives in the weight and film rooms. A well-known workout warrior, he is a regular on Bruce Feldman's "Freak List" and his football dedication and work ethic prompted Meyer to use the word "Tebowish" to describe Simon. A five-star recruit out of Cardinal Mooney in Youngstown, Simon was mostly a reserve as a true freshman before becoming a sophomore starter in 2010. He had his best season last year as a junior with a team-best 16 tackles for loss and seven sacks, adding 53 tackles and earning first-team All-Big Ten honors. The sparkplug of the Ohio State defense, Simon played a lot of five-technique in the Buckeyes' hybrid 3-4 scheme last season, showing his versatility inside at defensive tackle and in space at linebacker. He has an overpowering, compact build (his muscles have muscles) and will rarely miss tackles with his wrist strength, but is shorter than ideal and lacks elite length. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

08/01/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON TED HENDRICKS AWARD WATCH LIST: JOHN SIMON, OHIO STATE, has been selected a preseason candidate for the 2012 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award. On-field performance, exceptional winning attitude, leadership abilities, contributions to school and community and academic preparedness are some of the criteria used to determine the Award's winner. Already set to be a team captain for a second consecutive year in 2012, Simon enters the 2012 campaign with 28 career TFLs, 11.5 quarterback sacks and six passes defended. - Ohio State football

07/20/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: John Simon, DE, Ohio State, has been selected to the Preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented the nation's top college lineman or linebacker each year by The Rotary Club of Houston. Simon, a third-team Associated Press All-American as a junior and first-team all-Big Ten choice, is also on the Lott IMPACT Award watch list so far this preseason. He led the Buckeyes last year with seven quarterback sacks and 16 tackles for loss (for minus-59 yards), figures that ranked fifth and seventh, respectively, in the Big Ten Conference. The sport and leisure studies major enters his senior campaign with 11.5 career sacks and 28.5 career tackles-for-loss. - Ohio State football

07/18/2012 - 2012 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: John Simon, DE, Ohio State, has been selected to the Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented to the National Defensive Player of the Year by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America. - The Charlotte Touchdown Club

07/10/2012 - 2012 BEDNARIK AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: John Simon, Ohio State, DE, Sr., has been selected to the preseason Bednarik Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the nation's top defensive player since 1995. A former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, Chuck Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 1969 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of 1967. Simon, a third-team Associated Press All-American as a junior and first-team all-Big Ten choice, is also on the Lott IMPACT Award watch list so far this preseason. He led the Buckeyes last year with seven quarterback sacks and 16 tackles for loss (for minus-59 yards), figures that ranked fifth and seventh, respectively, in the Big Ten Conference. The sport and leisure studies major enters his senior campaign with 11.5 career sacks and 28.5 career tackles-for-loss. - Ohio State football

05/29/2012 - Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was at the New York Jets' practice Thursday morning, watching Tim Tebow, his former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback at Florida. Then Meyer returned to Woody Hayes Athletic Center, where just outside his office window, his other Tebow was talking to reporters as several Buckeyes conducted interviews for a final time before the end of classes. That was John Simon. John Simon has been called a freak a lot, almost since he arrived at Ohio State as a weight-room addict who played immediately on the defensive line as a freshman. But among the more interesting things Meyer has done since his hiring almost six months ago is to put Simon in context. Simon is strong. Simon is focused. But it took Meyer to call him "Tebowish." By doing that last month, Meyer made it clear how much Simon is capable of - and how critical the senior is to the success of the Buckeyes in what will be Simon's last season in Columbus and Meyer's first. So is he like Tebow? "That's a hard question to answer since I never met him, but with his character and with coach Meyer calling me 'Tebowish,' that means a lot," Simon said. "That's exciting, and not just for how great of a football player he was but the kind of person he was also." "They're different. God made them completely different. They're freaks. They're bizarre. I'm talking about the self-discipline, self-respect, work ethic that most of us can only dream of," Meyer said during his presentation. "One guy I'll point out to you is No. 54, John Simon. He's a freak. I've not been around a guy like that, other than my quarterback - that left-handed kid at Florida, Tebow. "He's different." - Doug Lesmerises, The Cleveland Plain Dealer

05/29/2012 - Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was at the New York Jets' practice Thursday morning, watching Tim Tebow, his former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback at Florida. Then Meyer returned to Woody Hayes Athletic Center, where just outside his office window, his other Tebow was talking to reporters as several Buckeyes conducted interviews for a final time before the end of classes. That was John Simon. John Simon has been called a freak a lot, almost since he arrived at Ohio State as a weight-room addict who played immediately on the defensive line as a freshman. But among the more interesting things Meyer has done since his hiring almost six months ago is to put Simon in context. Simon is strong. Simon is focused. But it took Meyer to call him "Tebowish." By doing that last month, Meyer made it clear how much Simon is capable of - and how critical the senior is to the success of the Buckeyes in what will be Simon's last season in Columbus and Meyer's first. So is he like Tebow? "That's a hard question to answer since I never met him, but with his character and with coach Meyer calling me 'Tebowish,' that means a lot," Simon said. "That's exciting, and not just for how great of a football player he was but the kind of person he was also." "They're different. God made them completely different. They're freaks. They're bizarre. I'm talking about the self-discipline, self-respect, work ethic that most of us can only dream of," Meyer said during his presentation. "One guy I'll point out to you is No. 54, John Simon. He's a freak. I've not been around a guy like that, other than my quarterback - that left-handed kid at Florida, Tebow. "He's different." - Doug Lesmerises, The Cleveland Plain Dealer

05/08/2012 - 2012 College Football Freaks List: 5. John Simon, Ohio State, DL: It seems like the Youngstown product has been on this list dating back to the days of Manny Lawson/Vernon Davis. As a 16-year-old, Simon could do 31 reps at 225 when he was turning heads at Cardinal Mooney High, setting weight room records for that storied Ohio prep program. There are heftier D-linemen, but perhaps none who are as strong pound-for-pound. The 6-2, 270-pound Simon is the definition of the word powerhouse. His relentless approach is just as evident on the field as it is in the weight room. "Donald Duck could be the strength coach if John Simon were the only guy in the weight room," said Urban Meyer. According to Mickey Marotti, who has trained more than his share of Freaks in his days at Florida, Simon benched 225 38 times, timed a 4.6 40 and broad jumped more than 10 feet, but the new Buckeyes strength coach says the Freakiest thing about the defensive tackle is his weight room intensity. And, it's that which makes just as big of an impact on his teammates 365 days a year as it does on his opponents on game day. - Bruce Feldman, CBS Sports

05/07/2012 - 2012 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: John Simon, Ohio State, DT, 6-2, 270 (Youngstown): Lott IMPACT Watch List returnee...1st team All Big-Ten...Recorded 53 tackles, 16 for losses with seven sacks...High school national honor society. - Lott IMPACT Trophy

05/07/2012 - The Big Ten leads all conferences with nine student-athletes named to the watch list for the 2012 Lott IMPACT Trophy, honoring college football's defensive IMPACT player of the year with equal weight given to athletic performance and personal character. The Big Ten's list of nine nominees includes Ohio State defensive tackle John Simon, a semifinalist for last year's Lott Trophy, and Michigan safety Jordan Kovacs, a quarterfinalist for the 2011 honor. Other Big Ten standouts on the Lott Trophy watch list are Illinois linebacker Jonathan Brown, Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough, Nebraska defensive tackle Baker Steinkuhler, Penn State linebacker Gerald Hodges, Purdue defensive tackle Kawaan Short and Wisconsin linebackers Chris Borland and Mike Taylor. Big Ten players have claimed two of the last four Lott Trophies, with Buckeyes' linebacker James Laurinaitis honored in 2008 and Badgers' defensive end J.J. Watt chosen in 2010. - Big Ten football

 
LATEST NEWS
03/28/2013 - Despite being hampered by a knee injury that limited him to just 11 games in 2012, Simon was named the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year with 44 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and a career-high nine sacks. On more than one occasion, the high-effort Simon was characterized by Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer as the "heart and soul" of the team.

Simon demonstrated enough athleticism during his drills Monday to reassure scouts from 3-4 clubs of his ability to pressure the quarterback as a stand-up rusher. He was clocked between 4.62 and 4.70 in the 40-yard dash and posted times of 4.42 seconds in the short shuttle and 7.10 in the three-cone drill. These times are in line with some of the other intriguing "second-tier" hybrid edge rushers of the 2013 draft class, like Auburn's Corey Lemonier and Southern Mississippi's Jamie Collins, among others.

Sporting similarly compact builds, as well as burst and power, Simon and the 6-0, 242-pound Harrison have a lot of similarities in the way that they wreak havoc off the edge. If healthy, Simon could prove to be an immediate impact defender likely to be available in the second to third round. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

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