Positive: Aggressive defensive back who is best facing the action. Shows good route recognition in zone coverage, remains disciplined with assignments in centerfield, and effectively helps out cornerbacks. Quick up the field defending the run and wraps up when tackling. Displays solid sideline-to-sideline range.
Negative: Does not consistently take correct angles to the action. Marginally instinctive. Mechanical in many of his defensive back fundamentals.
Analysis: Prior to his suspension, Simmons displayed solid skills and an improving game. He could be used as a ninth defensive back in a zone system if he is focused on football."
The success during his first season in Columbia, Missouri gave everybody high hopes for Simmons in 2010. However, Simmons suffered an injury in the season opener against Illinois and missed the next three games. Later he was suspended for undisclosed disciplinary reasons. In the end, Simmons only started two games and saw action in just six. Despite playing in only half of the regular season games, Simmons was still very productive and ended up seventh on the team with 43 tackles.
Simmons is a big hitter and, at 6-1 and 205 pounds, has the size to be a free safety at the next level. He has good instincts and plays smart football, but his lack of production during his senior season has significantly dropped his stock. He will need to have some solid workouts to work his way back into the late rounds."