Lacks ideal technique/confidence in his drop, allow his pad level to get upright and doesn't have the type of balanced body position to consistently change directions and get out of his breaks. Gets spun around routinely in man coverage, being forced to bail out of his drop and turn his back to the football in order to regain balance and close on his man.
Wastes a lot of motion trying to close and just doesn't have the technique, footwork or understanding of how to play in tight man at this stage. Possesses decent fluidity and straight-line speed down the field. However, doesn't locate the football well at all and fails to consistently make plays on the throw.
Looks more comfortable in off coverage where he is more comfortable being patient in his drop, but again prematurely wants to open up his hips to turn and run and gives up a lot of cushion underneath to click and close. Is a decent tackler in the run game. More of a drag down guy, but tackles with good effort, brings his legs and wraps with fair results.
Impression: An undersized corner who has decent athletic ability, but doesn't have the technique in his drop at this stage to have a chance in man coverage at the next level."
Positive: Smallish yet feisty defensive back who is best when facing the action. Shows ability in zone coverage, recognizes routes, and stays with responsibilities. Fluid opening his hips, loses nothing in transition, and fights hard to break up throws. Possesses an adequate burst of closing speed.
Negative: Must improve and be more consistent with his backpedal. Gets turned and loses positioning too often.
Analysis: Simmons is an adequate cover man who displayed game impacting skills when he returned punts as a junior. His special teams ability will be the way he makes a roster at the next level."