Simon is attempting to follow in the footsteps of recent LSU cornerbacks Patrick Peterson and Morris Claiborne, leaving school early for an early NFL draft pick. He wasn't selected in Thursday's first round and isn't expected to be taken Friday night in the second or third rounds. Simon has imposing size at 6-foot-2 and 202 pounds but lacks ideal speed or refinement for the position, lacking the natural fluidity or feet to be consistent in man coverage.
Simon is considered an intriguing mid-to-late round option, ideally suited for a cover-2 scheme. But after Thursday's incident, he will be lucky to hear his name called at all this weekend in the 2013 NFL Draft. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/29/2013 - 2013 LSU Pro Day: Tharold Simon, CB (6-2 1/4, 202) - Simon only ran the 40-yard dash once after seeing his time of 4.47 seconds in his first attempt. He recorded a 4.31-second short shuttle and 7.01 three-cone drill. He had an OK workout. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/29/2013 - 2013 LSU Pro Day: Cornerback Tharold Simon ran a 4.51 in the 40-yard dash at the combine and was able to improve that number at LSU's pro day with times in the 4.44-4.49 range. He also improved his short shuttle (4.41) and three-cone drill (7.00) on Wednesday. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/05/2013 - "I have loved every minute of being a LSU Tiger, and my heart will always remain at this incredible institution that taught me so much about being an athlete, student and person," Simon said in the statement. "I truly hope that I will be lucky enough to make an NFL roster and do LSU proud." Should that happen, and most projections list Simon as a thirrd-sixth round pick, Simon has a chance to author one of the better success stories in recent LSU history.
Raised by a single mother and his grandmother, Simon starred at Eunice High. He is the father of a toddler himself and has been devoted to spending time with the child throughout his time at LSU.
"I am profoundly grateful for the teammates, coaches, academic advisors and the entire staff at the LSU and, in particular, Coach (Les) Miles, who have prepared me for this exciting opportunity," Simon said in the statement. "In particular, I would like to thank my mother and grandmother who have helped me to become the person I am today, prepared me for the next step in my journey and without (their) help and guidance, I would not be where I am today and also the fans of LSU who have supported and cheered me on since I enrolled at school."
The only blemish on Simon's time at LSU was a one-game suspension in 2011 for allegedly failing a drug test. He missed the Tigers' 45-10 win against AU, along with Mathieu and Spencer Ware. - Randy Rosetta, The Times-Picayune
01/04/2013 - The NFL announcements from Baton Rouge continued on Friday, with safety Eric Reid and cornerback Tharold Simon officially declaring their intentions to enter the 2013 NFL Draft. The departures of Morris Claiborne and Tyrann Mathieu opened the door for Tharold Simon to have a breakout year in 2012. The junior led the team in interceptions (4), pass break ups (9), and recorded 45 tackles.
"I have loved every minute of being a LSU Tiger, and my heart will always remain at this incredible institution that taught me so much about being an athlete, student and person," Simon said in his official statement. "I truly hope that I will be lucky enough to make an NFL roster and do LSU proud." - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
01/04/2013 - LSU announced on Friday that junior safety Eric Reid will forego his senior season for the 2013 NFL Draft and junior cornerback Tharold Simon will join him, according to several reports. LSU linebacker Kevin Minter announced his decision to go pro on Thursday and several other LSU juniors, like defensive ends Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery, have yet to announce their decision. Simon entered the 2012 season with high expectations as LSU was replacing Morris Claiborne, Ron Brooks and Tyrann Matheiu at cornerback. But he looked overwhelmed in his first year as a starter and showed that while talented, he still needs seasoning before he's ready to start in the NFL. Simon currently projects as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 8-ranked junior cornerback and likely third round pick.
Listed at 6-3 and 193 pounds, Simon looks the part and has the length to match up well with NFL receivers, but he needs to improve his footwork and discipline to hold up in man coverage. He led the Tigers in interceptions (4) this season, adding 38 tackles and eight pass break-ups. While Simon is raw, his physical tools will be enticing on draft weekend. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
09/22/2012 - Sam Montgomery and the LSU defense delivered a first-quarter safety and shut out Auburn in the second half to give the second-ranked Tigers a 12-10 victory Saturday night. Auburn led 10-9 at halftime but managed only 183 yards. A fumbled punt return by Auburn's Quan Bray set up Drew Alleman's 30-yard field goal late in the third quarter that gave LSU (4-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) a 12-10 lead. Alleman missed a 34-yarder with 39 seconds remaining. Auburn (1-3, 0-2 SEC) managed only one first down on its final possession. Kiehl Frazier's final pass was intercepted by Tharold Simon as the game ended. The win gave LSU its sixth straight 4-0 start and extended its streak of regular-season wins to 17, the longest in the nation. LSU's Zach Mettenberger had two first-half fumbles but threw a 33-yard pass to running back Spencer Ware on a key third-down late in the game. Montgomery tackled Tre Mason in the end zone midway through the first quarter and Michael Ford's 1-yard TD run four minutes later made it 9-0 LSU. Onterrio McCalebb scored Auburn's touchdown on 4-yard run on the last play of the first quarter to make it 9-7 and from there it was nothing but field goals and defense. McCalebb was held to 24 yards on 11 carries. - AP Sports
07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC THIRD TEAM (MEDIA): DB Tharold Simon (10), LSU, Jr., has been selected third team All-SEC for the 2012 college football season as selected by the SEC media. - LSU football