NFL Draft: Ohio State’s John Simon has “positive meeting” with Cleveland Browns

Could the Cleveland Browns add a local favorite to their pass-rushing corps? Though a shoulder injury kept John Simon out of the Senior Bowl and the physical drills at the NFL Combine, the defensive end out of Ohio State has had relative success in in-person meetings.

Pat Brennan of The Lantern reports that Simon, despite having countless interactions in a scrum-based environment, has had at least three meetings with individual teams that have been characterized as “positive.” One of these three teams is the Cleveland Browns, a team looking to implement a 3-4 defense that would put the 270-pound Simon on the outside of the defensive line or potentially upright as an edge rusher.

“I’ve talked to a lot of teams, especially considering the Senior Bowl and (the Combine),” Simon said. “Really enjoying the process and making some great relationships with some organizations.”

The heart of the Buckeyes, Simon’s injury led to consultation with renowned physician Dr. James Andrews. Among other teams, Simon has also met with the Denver Broncos and Detroit Lions, both of which have also been categorized as positive meetings.

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  • Gren

    If he falls to the 3rd round, he would be a steal.

  • Garry_Owen

    I loved watching Simon play on Saturdays, and there’s no denying that he was the “heart and soul” (or whatever other tired cliche) of the defense, but I’ve always thought that he was always about a 1/4 step too slow to really be premier. In the NFL, that 1/4 step translates to about a step and a half. I fear he won’t amount to much.

    /obligatory “I hope I’m wrong.”

  • I would look for him in the 4th, there are alot of uninjured DE/OLB prospects in the draft. I see him falling to the late 3rd, early 4th. IMO.

  • JK

    Yano, I thought the same about him this year. I also thought the same bout James Laurinaitis while he was at tOSU.. He always seemed more right place at the right time then real player and I felt like he was always quietly making tackles 10 yards down the field to finish the game w 15 total. If we can get a player like JL out of Simon however I’m on board.

  • Garry_Owen

    I can’t count the number of times that Simon was “just this close” to grabbing the QB for a sack but wasn’t able to do so. I don’t know if this is evidence of the missed 1/4 step that I suggested above, or perhaps, maybe, actually testimony to his initial explosiveness and ability to blow up the OL. If it’s the latter, I’m with you. The Browns could take a swing at him. Unlike Laurinaitis, though, I have a feeling that Simon was playing beyond his physical ability (if you know what I mean). JL was a freak that didn’t necessarily employ his freakishness to its full extent in college but has since figured out how that translates to the NFL. I’m actually afraid that Simon might be a practice squader.
    Ah, what do I know? I’m just a hack. Words. Words. Words.

  • Seahawks take him in the second round.