With the 98th pick of the NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos selected Boston College safety Justin Simmons. Simmons is made the final pick of the second day of the Draft, having been chosen as the highest rated Eagle in this year's group.
Simmons capped off a fantastic career at the Heights by earnings second-team All-ACC honors last year. The senior safety had five interceptions, 67 tackles and was one of the unquestioned leaders of the nationally recognized BC defense. Simmons started his career at cornerback and struggled initially, but the move to safety during the 2014 season proved to be a great move by former defensive coordinator Don Brown.
In recent weeks, Simmons has blasted up draft boards after a stellar NFL combine performance where he had Top 10 times in the 3-Cone, short shuttle and the 60-yard shuttle over the previous decade. ESPN’s Todd McShay labeled Simmons as the 3rd "Most Underrated" player in the draft.
Here’s what NFL Draft expert Mike Loyko of NEPatriotsDraft.com said of Simmons:
What his workout showed is that he has an elite blend of size and quickness for the Safety position. Simmons scheme and to some extent positional versatility is what makes him so attractive to NFL scouts. In a year where the Safety class is considered "average at best" Simmons’ size, special teams capability, and versatility were already highly attractive traits to the NFL. His testing numbers and confirmed athleticism will further separate him from other Day 2 and Day 3 defensive backs in this draft class.
We wish Simmons well and eagerly wait for more Eagles to join him as part of the 2016 NFL Draft class!