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Simeon Castille, CB

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 195 | College: Alabama
 
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Overview

The Castille name is royalty on the Alabama campus.

Simeon Castille became the third member of his family to suit up for the Crimson Tide. His father, Jeremiah, was an All-American cornerback at Alabama (1979-82) under head coach Bear Bryant and was taken in the third round of the 1983 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, playing from 1983-88 with the Bucs and Denver Broncos.

Simeon's brother, Tim, was a fullback and teammate at Alabama from 2003-06 and is presently on the roster of the Arizona Cardinals. There could be a fourth Castille wearing the Crimson Tide uniform in the next year, as his younger brother, Caleb, is a standout prep prospect at Briarwood Christian.

One of the most physical cover cornerbacks in the Southeastern Conference, scouts feel that Castille's lack of speed and his ability to make plays in front of him give him potential as a free safety candidate.

At Briarwood Christian High School, Castille earned All-American honors as a defensive back, helping lead his school to the class 5A state title in 2003. He was also a first-team USA Today All-American and Super All-State pick and was listed by Super Prep as the 11th-best player in Alabama and the 30th-best defensive back nationally. The ASWA Class 5A Back of the Year was also a third-team member of the Fox Sports Net All-South team.

As a senior, Castille rushed for 540 yards and six touchdowns on 98 carries. He added 21 receptions for 350 yards and one touchdown and on the defensive side of the ball, he recorded 60 tackles and nine interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns. A member of the Birmingham News' Super Seniors list, he announced his commitment to the Tide on national TV while playing in the U.S. Army All-America Game in San Antonio, Texas.

As a true freshman in 2004, Castille played in 11 games behind Ramzee Robinson at left cornerback, sitting out the Arkansas game with a right knee sprain. He posted 14 tackles (seven solo) with a sack and two stops for losses. He also picked off a pair of passes and had four pass breakups.

Castille continued to play behind Ramzee Robinson at left cornerback, but did earn a few starting assignments vs. Middle Tennessee, Southern Mississippi and Florida. He made 28 tackles (17 solo) with two interceptions and seven pass deflections. He was also in on a pair of sacks and four stops for losses while causing a fumble. He was ruled academically ineligible for postseason competition, sitting out the Cotton Bowl vs. Texas Tech.

By 2006 spring drills, Castille's academic issues were resolved. He was the recipient of the Bobby Johns Most Improved Defensive Back Award and earned a full-time starting job at right cornerback. He garnered All-Southeastern Conference first-team honors, as he ranked fourth on the team with 71 tackles (44 solo), including a sack and 4.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He picked off six passes, broke up six others and caused a fumble. He also recovered three fumbles, advancing two for 17 yards.

Even though the Tide lost their final four regular-season games, Castille was still awarded All-SEC first-team recognition. He shifted back to left cornerback, but struggled in deep coverage. He produced 63 tackles (40 solo) with 1.5 sacks, 6.5 stops for losses and two quarterback pressures. He knocked down 10 passes and intercepted two others.

In 48 games at Alabama, Castille started 29 contests. He finished with 176 tackles (106 solo), 5.5 sacks for minus-47 yards, 17 stops for losses of 73 yards and five quarterback pressures. He caused three fumbles and recovered three others, returning two for 17 yards. He deflected 27 passes and gained 105 yards with a touchdown on 12 interceptions. He also returned six punts for 60 yards (10.0-yard average) and blocked a kick.

Analysis

Positives: Has a tall, linear and athletic build, with long limbs, well-developed muscles, good chest thickness and minimal body fat … Has an instinctive feel for route progression, but might be a better fit at free safety, as he is best when making plays in front of him, as he is quick to locate the ball on the move … Stays tight with the receivers in short areas, turning and coming out of his backpedal smoothly … Not the type that can suddenly close on the play, but when he stays in control, he is capable of taking on receivers in the short-to-intermediate passing lanes … Has a good feel for the ball, but is better diagnosing vs. underneath stuff than in the deep secondary (gets locked on the QB too often when playing deep) … Has the leaping ability and arm to adjust to make plays on balls outside of his frame, but needs to do it with more consistency … Has good awareness and feel in pass coverage, possessing the route recognition and anticipation to make plays on the ball, when he does not roll the dice and leave his assignment uncovered to attack the ball … Gives good effort and, while you can't call his play aggressive or his hits punishing, he will challenge receivers in coverage and shows a willingness to assist in run support … Instinctive player with good awareness and feel for the game … Has good route anticipation in man coverage, especially underneath routes, but lacks suddenness to recover when beaten (better when he plays his man tight rather than allow too much cushion) … Not explosive in his breaks, but is fluid enough when he doesn't take extra steps breaking out of his backpedal … Could use his hands better on the receivers in press coverage, but will stall the route some when he stays active … Not the type that will hang around the fringes in run support, as he shows willingness to stick his hat into the action … Quick to diagnose running plays and is a functional tackler who can get guys on the ground, both inside and outside, when he keeps his pads low to run through the outside leg of his target to impede the ballcarrier's forward progress … More assertive vs. plays in front of him and is more comfortable playing in the slot (another reason for making him a safety), as he works hard to get to the ball … Throws his body at ballcarriers and has decent edge rushing skills to avoid a bigger blocker and pressure the pocket … He has just adequate foot speed to cover the ball when it is in the air, but does a good job of stepping in front of the ball to knock it down … Lacks strength to be an explosive hitter, but will collide with the slot receivers to break up the play … Plays with good desire to make the big play, but must stay assignment-focused and freelance less.

Negatives: Bit high-cut and despite showing loose hips, he fails to generate the explosive burst needed to stay with the receivers in deep coverage … Has good field vision and instincts, but struggles in the classroom from a lack of effort … While he reads the backfield effectively, he likes to freelance too much and this leads to problems, as he gets reckless in his pursuit and lacks the second gear to recover when receivers get behind him … Does go through stretches of concentration lapses on the field, especially when he eyeballs the quarterback too long rather than reacting to the receiver's moves … Stays in his pedal well, but seems to be a step behind in transition and does not have the sudden burst to close in a hurry … Efficient attacking the ball, but is not a quick-twitch athlete who will come up and surprise a receiver or blocker … Must play with better control, as he is prone to leaving himself open to the opponent making the big play … Looks like Tarzan, but he fails to generate much pop on contact and will sometimes revert to taking a side rather than wrap tackling … Will step up to the box in run support, but he needs to keep his pads lower to prevent from getting bounced around when shooting the gaps … Susceptible to cut blocks, as he doesn't use his hands consistently in attempts to ward off the blocker … Does not use his weight-room strength much in his hand placement to play off blocks and can get engulfed when he short arms the bigger blockers … Even with his loose hips, he gets too tall and stiff in transition and needs to gather some before changing direction, losing mirror on the receiver in the process … Not a natural hands catcher and several of his pass deflections could have been interceptions if he would have only extending for the ball outside his frame rather than let the ball into his body … Adequate open-field tackler, but not one that will blow up a ballcarrier.

Compares To: TANARD JACKSON-Tampa Bay … Castille does not have the quickness of Jackson, but both are college cornerbacks more suited for safety due to their ability to make plays in front of them. Castille looks the part of a safety with his muscular build, but he lacks the timed speed to stay on top of the route for too long and must work on backpedal technique, as he's a high-cut body type with loose hips, but struggles to get a clean break on the ball in transition. He gets too reckless attacking the ball to be a solid man coverage corner and is more of an ankle-biter than a wrap-up tackler, leading to a lot of missed shots on the field. Play him at safety to get decent value. Play him at cornerback and he will soon be looking for employment elsewhere.

Career Notes

His 27 pass deflections tied Ricky Tucker (1977-80) for fourth on the school's all-time record list, topped by his father, Jeremiah (30, 1979-82), Fernando Bryant (31, 1995-98) and John Mangum (47, 1985-88) … Tied with Kevin Jackson (1995-96) and Tommy Jackson (1991-94) for eighth on the school's career list with 12 interceptions … His six interceptions in 2006 rank seventh in Tide season annals behind Hootie Ingram (10 in 1952), Harry Gilmer (8 in 1946), Steve Higginbotham (7 in 1971), Jeremiah Castille (7 in 1982), Antonio Langham (7 in 1993) and Kevin Jackson (7 in 1996).

2007 Season

All-Southeastern Conference first-team selection by the league's coaches … Recipient of the team's President's Award … Member of the Jim Thorpe Award (nation's top defensive back) and Ronnie Lott Trophy Watch Lists (nation's IMPACT defensive player) … Started all 13 games at left cornerback … Recorded 63 tackles (40 solo) with 1.5 sacks for minus-13 yards, 6.5 stops for losses of 23 yards and two quarterback pressures … Deflected a career-high 10 passes and intercepted two … Also returned a punt for no yardage … Saw his main pass coverage assignments catch 30 passes for 368 yards (12.3-yard average) and four touchdowns … Did not allow any receptions vs. Houston and Louisiana-Monroe and the only catch made vs. him in the Mississippi clash, he stopped for a one-yard loss.

2007 Game Analysis

Western Carolina … Collected five tackles (3 solos) with 1.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage and a pass deflection in the season opener … Took down Mike Malone on a rush off right end for a 7-yard loss in the second quarter … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#9-Eddie Cohen-Four catches for 85 yards.

Vanderbilt … Broke up a pass and delivered four solo tackles in a 24-10 win … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#10-Earl Bennett-Four catches for 52 yards.

Arkansas … Batted a pass out of tailback Darren McFadden's hands and posted seven tackles (4 solos) in a 41-38 decision … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#18-Robert Johnson-One catch for 10 yards.

Georgia … Had another pass deflection with seven tackles (5 solos), taking down tailback Thomas Brown for a 1-yard loss on a fourth quarter run off right tackle … Left the game for one play later in the first quarter when he was shaken up after getting caught in a bottom of a pile on … Was penalized for interference in the third quarter and the new field position gave Georgia tailback Knowshown room to score on a 6-yard run that gave the Bulldogs a 17-10 lead … In overtime, he missed covering Mikey Henderson and the tiny receiver slipped into the end zone with a game-winning 25-yard touchdown catch in a 26-23 triumph over the Tide … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#27-Mikey Henderson-Three catches for 36 yards and a touchdown.

Florida State … Made two tackles on a quiet afternoon … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#9-Richard Goodman-Two catches for 10 yards.

Houston … Did not allow any receptions while posting six tackles (3 solos), ending the game for the Tide with a 30-24 victory, as he intercepted a Case Keenum fourth-&-3 pass in the end zone on the Cougars' final snap for the contest … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#9-Perry McDaniel-No catches.

Mississippi … Followed with seven tackles (5 solos), two pass deflections, a stop behind the line of scrimmage and an interception … Batted away a third-&-4 pass by Seth Adams, forcing Ole Miss to settle for a 22-yard field goal early in the second quarter … He then picked off an Adams pass at the Tide 42 at the end of the first half … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#8-Marshay Green-One catch for a 1-yard loss.

Tennessee … Castille delivered four solo tackles with a pressure and also broke up one pass … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#81-Josh Briscoe-Three catches for 36 yards.

Louisiana State … It was a game that Castille and the Tide secondary would just as soon forget, as LSU rallied in the fourth quarter to sneak home with a 41-34 decision over the Tide … The left cornerback made four tackles with a stop behind the line of scrimmage and a pass deflection, taking down fullback Jacob Hester for a 1-yard loss on a screen pass with 0:46 left in the first half … However, receiver Early Doucet beat Castille on a first quarter 10-yard touchdown toss from Matt Flynn and the duo hooked up again with 2:49 left in regulation, good for a 32-yard touchdown that ended a 10-play, 84-yard series and tied the score at 34-34 before Hester scored the game-winning touchdown on a 1-yard run … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#9-Early Doucet-Five catches for 67 yards and two touchdowns.

Mississippi State … In the midst of a four-game losing streak, Castille posted just two assisted tackles in a 17-12 loss … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#4-Tony Burks-Two catches for 29 yards.

Louisiana-Monroe … The left cornerback registered four tackles with a pass break-up … In the second quarter, a punt hit him on his back, resulting in a fumble that ULM recovered at the Tide 40 … He made up for that miscue at the start of the third quarter, joining Prince Hall in sacking QB Kinsmon Lancaster for an 8-yard loss … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#18-LaGregory Sapp-No catches.

Auburn … The Tide closed out the regular season with their fourth consecutive loss, as Castille had nine tackles (5 solos), a pass deflection and a pressure … Auburn settled for a 37-yard field goal late in the first quarter after the cornerback broke up a Brandon Cox third-&3 pass at the Tide 21 … Later in the second quarter, he sacked Cox on third-&-16 for a 9-yard loss, resulting in an Auburn punt … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#84-Montez Billings-Three catches for 15 yards.

Colorado (Independence Bowl) … Castille saw his Tide career come to an end with a 30-24 win, as he totaled just two tackles … He was also beaten by Dusty Sprague on a 25-yard scoring strike from QB Cody Hawkins with 0:04 left in the first half … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#83-Dusty Sprague-Two catches for 30 yards and a touchdown.

2006 Season

First-team All-SEC selection by the league's coaches and Associated Press … Started all 13 games at right cornerback, ranking fourth on the team with a career-high 71 tackles (44 solos), including a five-yard sack, 4.5 stops for losses of 17 yards and three quarterback pressures … Recovered three fumbles, advancing two for a total of 17 yards and also caused one fumble … Deflected six passes and intercepted six others for 71 yards in returns … Gained 22 yards on three punt returns (7.3-yard average).

2006 Game Analysis

Castille picked off two passes and posted four tackles, including one for a loss in the Vanderbilt game … Returned two punts for 24 yards, posted five tackles (three solo) and broke up a pass vs. Louisiana-Monroe … Returned an interception 11 yards and had a stop for a seven-yard loss in the Arkansas clash … Added six tackles, as he recovered a fumble for a six-yard return and made a stop for a three-yard loss vs. Duke … Gained 60 yards on a pair of interceptions, broke up two other passes and delivered 10 tackles (six solo) in the Tennessee contest … Made four solo tackles and advanced a fumble recovery 11 yards vs. Florida International … Credited with five tackles (three solo), as he sacked QB Brandon Cox for a five-yard loss and pressured the QB once vs. Auburn … Collected six tackles and had an interception in a 48-17 rout of Oklahoma State in the Independence Bowl.

2005 Season

Played in the team's first 11 games, lining up mostly behind Ramzee Robinson at left cornerback, earning starting assignments vs. Middle Tennessee, Southern Mississippi and Florida … Was ruled academically ineligible to play vs. Texas Tech in the Cotton Bowl … Named SEC Defensive Player of the Week vs. Mississippi State … Recorded 28 tackles (17 solo) with two sacks for minus-24 yards and four stops for losses of 27 yards … Caused two fumbles, deflected seven passes and intercepted two others … Blocked a kick and gained 38 yards on two punt returns (19.0-yard average).

2005 Game Analysis

Earned SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors after getting two tackles, an interception and a blocked punt vs. Mississippi State … Also intercepted a pass, deflected two, caused a fumble and registered a 17-yard sack vs. South Carolina … .Had a seven-yard sack, a forced fumble, a pass breakup and seven tackles in the Arkansas game … Returned two punts for 38 yards vs. Utah State and blocked a kick while also coming up with a pass theft vs. Mississippi State.

2004 Season

Played in eleven games behind Ramzee Robinson at left cornerback as a true freshman, sitting out the Arkansas clash with a right knee medial collateral ligament sprain … Made 14 tackles (seven solo) with a five-yard sack, two stops for losses of six yards and four pass breakups … Also intercepted two passes for 34 yards and a touchdown … Picked off a pass in his collegiate debut vs. Utah State for a 31-yard touchdown … Added a three-yard interception return in the Western Carolina clash.

Injury Report

2004: Sat out the Arkansas game (9/25) with a right knee medial collateral ligament sprain. Surgery was not required.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.68 in the 40-yard dash … 245-pound bench press … 355-pound squat … 245-pound power clean … 32-inch arm length … 8 5/8-inch hands … Right-handed … 19/30 Wonderlic score.

High School

Attended Briarwood Christian (Birmingham, Ala.) High School, playing football for head coach Fred Yancey … Earned All-American honors as a defensive back, helping lead his school to the class 5A state title in 2003 … First-team USA Today All-American and Super All-State pick … Listed by Super Prep as the 11th-best player in Alabama and the 30th-best defensive back nationally … ASWA Class 5A Back of the Year … Third-team member of the Fox Sports Net All-South team … As a senior, Castille rushed for 540 yards and six touchdowns on 98 carries … Added 21 receptions for 350 yards and one touchdown and on the defensive side of the ball, he recorded 60 tackles and nine interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns … Member of the Birmingham News' Super Seniors list, he announced his commitment to the Tide on national TV while playing in the U.S. Army All-America Game in San Antonio, Texas.

Personal

Human Environmental Studies major … Son of Jean and Jeremiah Castille … Father was an All-American cornerback at Alabama (1979-82) and played for Tampa Bay and Denver (1983-88) in the National Football League after being selected in the third round of the 1983 NFL Draft by the Bucs … Brother, Tim, was a fullback and teammate at Alabama (2003-06) and is presently on the Arizona Cardinals' roster … Younger brother, Caleb, is a standout football player at Briarwood Christian High School and is expected to enroll at Alabama once his prep days are over … Born 10/12/85 … Resides in Birmingham, Alabama.

 
 

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