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Chad Simpson (RB)
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 216
College: Morgan St.
Conference: MEAC
Hometown: Miami, FL
High School: Edison
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Overview

Overview

After languishing on the sidelines during his first two collegiate seasons at the University of South Florida, Simpson decided it was time to move on, leaving behind the confines of home in Miami for a trek to Baltimore, Maryland. Figuring his best chances for playing time was at a lower level, he was not handed a starting job upon his arrival at Morgan State.


Simpson again toiled on special teams as the Bears' kickoff returner until finally getting his opportunity to carry the ball. He went on to pile up three 100-yard performances in his six starts during 2006. As a senior, he picked up where he left off, setting the school single-season rushing record with 1,402 yards on the ground. He became the school's first All-American since 1993 and garnered Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors, only the third MSU player to earn that honor since the school joined the conference 28 seasons ago.


At Edison High School, Simpson served as team captain during his senior year, earning All-Dade County first-team and All-State honorable mention. He collected 1,200 yards with 12 touchdowns on 190 carries (6.3 avg) as a senior. He also totaled 890 yards on 105 rushes, including 17 scores as a junior. In addition to football, he also lettered in track.


Simpson decided to stay home and enrolled at South Florida, but he was buried deep on the depth chart in 2004, carrying once for a 3-yard loss in two games of action, retaining freshman eligibility. He took over kickoff return chores as a sophomore for the Bulls, averaging 25.2 yards with a touchdown on 16 attempts. He saw limited action on offense, carrying 16 times for 89 yards (5.6 avg).


Simpson transferred to Morgan State in 2006. He earned All-Mid Eastern Athletic Conference second-team honors, starting six of 11 games for the Bears. He led the team with 147 carries for 795 yards (5.4 avg) and nine touchdowns, gaining more than 100 yards in three of his six starts. He added 310 yards on 14 kickoff returns (22.1 avg) and caught six passes for 13 yards.


In 2007, Simpson was an All-American and All-MEAC first-team choice. He ranked ninth in the nation and led the league with a school single-season record 1,402 yards on 276 carries (5.1 avg) and 14 touchdowns. He ranked second in the MEAC with an average of 161.64 all-purpose yards per game, adding 201 yards and a score on nine receptions (22.3 avg). He also tied for the MEAC scoring title, averaging 8.18 points per game.


In 22 games at Morgan State, Simpson started 16 contests. He collected 2,197 yards and 23 touchdowns on 423 carries (5.2 avg). He caught 15 passes for 214 yards (14.3 avg) and a score, piling up 144 points. He also returned 21 kickoffs for 485 yards (23.1 avg).


High School

Attended Edison (Miami, Fla.) High School, playing football for head coach Corey Bell...


Served as team captain during his senior year, earning All-Dade County first-team and All-State honorable mention...Collected 1,200 yards with 12 touchdowns on 190 carries (6.3 avg) as a senior...Also totaled 890 yards on 105 rushes, including 17 scores as a junior... In addition to football, he also lettered in track.


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Analysis

Analysis

Positives: Though shorter than ideal, he added more than 15 pounds of compact bulk and muscle tone to his frame before the 2007 season and the added weight saw him run harder behind his pads, breaking tackles better than he did as a junior...In 2006, he ran at a high pad level, causing him to lose 103 yards on 147 carries, but by learning on how to drop his pads on contact and generate better body lean, he had only 94 yards in negative carries on 276 rushes as a senior...His upper body development is noticeable, as he bounced off tackles better and did a better job with ball security...Has marginal hands, but compensates with his valid breakaway speed as a runner...Has outstanding speed, good feet and balance and good elusiveness to make defenders miss in the open field...Pushes himself and is often seen running extra sprints in the offseason...Looks at football as a way to improve his life (his child drives him to improve)...Gets along well with teammates...Has good initial quickness and can stop and go with a sudden burst...Runs hard behind his pads and for a player of his size, he hits the hole with strength and suddenness...Can take a hit and stay on his feet, fighting for extra yardage after contact...Has the speed to turn the corner, but despite his explosiveness, he has better success as a north-south runner... Possesses the burst to separate and finish off long runs...Shows some wiggle and shake to make defenders miss in the open field...Has good elusiveness and speed as a kickoff returner, as well as the balance to take a hit, bounce off them and stay on his feet...Has the ability to side-step trash and good hurdling moves to elevate over defenders on short-yardage plunges...Has to improve his overall instincts, but has the loose hips and lateral agility to redirect through the cutback lanes...Can rip through arm tackles with his leg drive and body control...Runs with his head on a swivel and has a good feel for letting his blocks develop...Despite his speed, he is more of a straight-line runner, but he has that second gear to elude turning the corner and the short choppy stride to make the initial tackler miss.


Negatives: Has questionable instincts on the field and needs more than a few reps before he can retain information...Shows cockiness on the field and likes to celebrate after big plays, but he has never faced the level of competition to justify such bravado, having failed to impress while at South Florida...Lacks leadership skills, and though liked, he prefers to be by himself than with teammates...Doesn't always see the cutback lane, too often running into the line...Struggles to secure the ball with his hands and will run with the ball away from his body...Runs poor routes and is not used much in the passing game, especially in the seam, as he struggles to locate the ball in flight...Has the ability to catch soft, short passes, but catches with his body and lacks natural hands...Lacks toughness and effort as a blocker, often dropping to the ground or simply missing, more so from a lack of desire than a lack of strength or technique...Shows questionable decision-making as a kickoff returner at times, and has marginal hands...Not a good student, leading one to assume he will not be able to digest a playbook...Despite his lower body strength and penchant for running between tackles, he is not a pile mover and can be taken down easily when he hits the holes at a high stance...Poor cut blocker who is very reluctant to sacrifice his body stalking second-level defenders.


Compares To: JOSH SCOBEY-Seattle...Like Scobey, Simpson could make a decent living on special teams, but despite his quickness, his lack of field smarts, poor route running ability and marginal hands, along with poor intelligence all could lead to him being relegated to reserve duty. He has great speed and burst, but was more successful as an inside runner, brought about by his poor feel for the cutbacks. The light could come on and a team could unearth a late-round talent, but for now, it is his speed and kickoff duties that will get him his best chance to play NFL ball.


Injury Report

2008: Could not complete agility tests at the NFL Combine due to a left groin strain and a right pectoral muscle strain.


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Q & A

Growing up, who was your favorite NFL player and why?
Deion Sanders, because of the swagger be brought to the game.
What TV-show marathon will keep you on the couch all day?
Family Guy
What are the five most-played songs in your iPod? What's the one song you hope nobody ever finds out is in your iPod?
Lil' Wayne - Miami vice, Trick Daddy - Take it to the house, Rick Ross - Push it, Piccalo - Stick and roll, Baltimore Club - Hay riders; Stevie Wonder - Ribbon in the sky.
What are the five most-played songs in your iPod? What's the one song you hope nobody ever finds out is in your iPod?
Lil' Wayne- Miami Vice, Trick Daddy - Take it to the house, Rick Ross - Push it, Piccalo - Stick and Roll, Baltimore Club - Hay Riders.
What celebrity would play you in the movie version of your life and why?
Cuba Gooding, Jr. because he's shorter than Denzel Washington.
What is one thing your teammates don't know about you?
I used to be a phenomenal dancer.
What reality TV show would you like to be on and why?
'I Love New York' because I look better than Tailor Made.
What's your proudest moment in football? Proudest moment off the field?
When I ran back a 96-yard kickoff at Louisville.
What's your proudest moment in football? Proudest moment off the field?
When I ran back a 96-yard kickoff at Louisville; When my daughter was born.
When you play Madden, what team do you use? Do you put yourself on the team?
Patriots; I could put myself on the team.
When you play Madden, what team do you use? Do you put yourself on the team?
Patriots. I could put myself on the team.
Who has been the biggest influence on your football career and how?
God
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