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Grade
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  • 4.42 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 124.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 5'10" Height
  • 200LBS. Weight

Overview

An intriguing late-round back with the agility and straight-line speed to make a difference as a third-down specialist. A transfer from South Florida, Simpson dominated the lower competition in the MEAC, accounting for 161.6 all-purpose yards per game as a senior. While Simpson's rare athleticism is intriguing, he shows only marginal hands and vision. Coupled with his lack of preferred size, that could make this natural runner one who struggles to find a consistent role in the NFL.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Well-built physique for the position, especially in his upper body. ... Good straight-line speed. ... Good initial quickness. ... Can make defenders miss in the hole and has the burst to beat them to the outside. ... Productive return specialist who can break away in the open field. ... Tougher, more physical runner than he looks. Negatives: Lacks preferred size for the position, making him a likely change-of-pace back at the next level. ... Struggles to pinpoint the ball as a receiver, too often allowing easy catches to bounce off his hands or get into his chest. ... Weak route-runner. ... Only marginal vision to find the cutback lane - evident in his carries as a running back and returner. ... Struggled to academically qualify out of high school and may be limited in the complexity of the offenses he can succeed in.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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