Exceptional cover corner with great size and quickness ranked among the best in the SEC ... Takes over for the departed Morris Claiborne as the full-time starter at corner with Tyrann Mathieu ... Blossomed as a freshman and was solid as LSU's No. 3 cornerback in nickel and dime packages as a sophomore in 2011 ... Earned two starts as a sophomore and has played in 21 career games, recording 51 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 13 pass breakups, three interceptions and one forced fumble ... Was outstanding during 2012 spring drills and a recipient of the "Most Improved" award.
Simon was a two-year starter at cornerback for the Tigers where he recorded 96 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 22 pass breakups and intercepted seven passes. In 2012, Simon led the Tigers in pass breakups with nine and interceptions with four.
One of the SEC's top cover corners, who played in 13 games with two starts ... Saw plenty of action during LSU's nickel and dime situations ... Ranked third in the SEC in pass breakups with 10 and was one of only four players in the SEC to register double-digits in that category ... Led LSU with 12 passes defended and finished sixth in the SEC in that category ... Picked off two passes on the year ... Added 42 tackles, including 30 that were solo, to go along with 2.5 tackles for a loss of five yards ... Picked off his second pass of the season in the SEC Championship Game against Georgia and also posted a PBU ... The acrobatic pick set up an LSU touchdown in the third quarter and gave the Tigers a commanding lead ... Earned three tackles, one PBU and one forced fumble against Arkansas ... Missed the Auburn game for a violation of team rules ... Posted two PBUs at Tennessee ... Tallied two PBUs and half a tackle for a loss against Kentucky ... Recorded six solo stops, one TFL and one PBU at West Virginia ... Tied his career best with eight tackles at Mississippi State ... Had a stellar opener against Oregon as he racked up a career-high eight tackles, one TFL, one interception and three PBUs.
Saw action in eight games with no starts ... Tallied nine total tackles, including three solo, during the season ... Showed off his cover skills in the Cotton Bowl against Texas A&M with a pair of pass breakups and his first career interception ... Recorded his first pass breakup when he swatted a pass away from Julio Jones of Alabama early in the third quarter to halt a Crimson Tide drive ... Registered a season-high three tackles against Louisiana-Monroe.
Versatile athlete who played both wide receiver and cornerback in high school ... A member of the Rivals.com Top 250 and rated the No. 18 athlete ... Also a SuperPrep All-American and rated the No. 13 safety by Scout.com ... Earned a four-star rating from both Rivals and Scout.com ... Named to the Times-Picayune Blue-Chip List, the Baton Rouge Advocate Super Dozen and Mobile Press Register Super Southeast 120 ... Ranked in the TAKKLE Top 200 ... Caught 29 passes for 671 yards and four touchdowns as a senior despite missing several games with a shoulder injury ... Also rushed for 122 yards and four TDs as a senior and registered 13 interceptions in his career ... Coached by Paul Trosclair.
Full name is Tharold Dwight Simon ... Born March 6, 1991, in Eunice, La. ... Has two brothers, Sam and Mark ... Majoring in general studies.
- Former LSU cornerback Tharold Simon was arrested Thursday night for allegedly intimidating a police officer in his hometown of Eunice, La., according to KATC.com. Eunice city officials planned to proclaim Friday as "Tharold Simon Day" during a ceremony, and that will go on as planned according to Mayor Rusty Moody. A projected mid-to-late round pick, Simon allegedly failed to move his car upon the request of a police officer. According to police records, he told the officer, "I own Eunice" and "I'm gonna buy these projects, and you are gonna be mine." Simon then proceeded to leave, spinning his wheels and turning up his radio. He was charged with public intimidation, resisting an officer and unnecessary noise violation. According to the report, Simon also told the officer that "the mayor was on his side" and that the officer would be fired if he wrote the ticket. Simon was released on bond.
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
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