Seattle made another solid pick on the final day of the draft when it picked up former Louisiana State cornerback Tharold Simon with the 138th overall selection.
Simon is a big physical corner in the form of Richard Sherman, who Seattle nabbed in this very same round back in 2011. The 6'2", 193-pound defensive back has a physical edge to him on the outside and will do solid in press coverage. He has great ball-hawking skills and will not struggle getting into the face of the receiver at the line.
In terms of value, Matt Miller had Simon as the 134th overall player in the draft. This seems to indicate that Seattle acquired value, need and fit in the fifth round. You really cannot ask for much more than that.
Ryan Alfieri filed the following scouting report on Simon earlier in April:
An aggressive player in all facets of the game, Simon is willing to throw his body into contact and make game-changing hits. His large frame allows him to disengage blocks and help set the edge in the run game.
Could you have asked for a better fit in the fifth round? We already know how Seattle loves to blitz its defensive backs, especially from a hybrid outside linebacker role. While Antoine Winfield will fill this role in 2013, I can easily envision Simon taking over for the veteran in 2014.
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Draft prospect Tharold Simon vigorously disputes circumstances of his arrest. Considering lawsuit vs. local PD: http://t.co/vsVM11S4Ww2013-4-26 18:03:39
There are, however, recent concerns over character. Simon was arrested Thursday night on charges of "public intimidation, resisting an officer and unnecessary noise violation." (via katc.com).
It makes sense to see how this situation plays out before drawing a final conclusion. Contradicting reports suggest that Simon might not have done anything wrong as it relates to the event that took in time, the truth will come out.
On the field, this is a great selection for the Seahawks. It enables them to rent Antoine Winfield for that one season and replace him with a cheaper, younger option.
Hard not to like this selection.
In terms of fit out of the gate, Simon could come in on blitz packages and make in impact in the slot. Moving forward, he translates as a possible starting nickel cornerback.