2. Justin Simmons, FS, Boston College


Experience: Senior

Height/Weight: 6-2/202

Projected Round: 6

2015 Stats: 67 tackles; 1 tackle for loss; 5 interceptions; 1 pass defense; 2 forced fumbles; 3 fumble recoveries

Justin Simmons will be a great value pick for any team in the late rounds of the draft, as he possesses many positive characteristics with few weaknesses. Though Simmons enters the draft as a free safety, he played corner his junior season before spending his senior season at free safety.

His ability to play corner is evident in his game as he is very good in coverage and can be used all over the field, even as a nickel corner. This versatility would be a major asset in the current NFL, where nickel packages are used more and more often.

Simmons has many positive attributes such as the ability to diagnose a play early, great speed and acceleration, above average awareness and understanding, reliable tackler and great vision. During the entire 2015 season, Simmons allowed no broken tackles and have just four missed tackles.

The most impressive attribute of Simmons is his ability to create turnovers. In 2015 Simmons was involved in creating 10 turnovers — 5 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles and 3 fumble recoveries — which is exceptional. His ability to step up in big games and moments is also something that should not be overlooked.

After reading all of these positive attributes about Simmons, what could possibly make him slip to the later rounds? That’s still a bit of a mystery to me, even though he does have his areas of improvement. At 6-foot-2 202 pounds, Simmons has a slender body, which scouts are afraid he will not be able to add the proper weight needed to hold up in the NFL.

Additionally, Simmons can improve his footwork, which has hurt his ability to change direction and make sharp cuts. While he understands and plays zone fairly well, he can still improve in his one-on-one coverage.

The biggest question with Simmons is if his body can add the weight needed to play in the NFL. If he is able to do this, he would be a fantastic value pick in the later rounds of the draft, somewhere the Broncos could be taking their second safety of the draft.