Supplemental NFL draft prospect posts important numbers at Pro Day.
The Tennessee Titans have talent at wide receiver after a big haul in free agency, but that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t keep a close eye on the 2019 Supplemental NFL Draft.
Tony Pauline posted an article today where he announced numbers that former West Virginia WR Marcus Simms posted at his Pro Day workout:
"“Simms measured 5116 and 188 pounds. He posted a vertical jump of 36 inches with a broad jump that measured 10-feet-2.5-inches.He ran the 40 three times and was clocked at 4.49, 4.45 and 4.40 seconds.”"
I looked up official numbers from the 2019 NFL Draft and found these player comps in terms of weight and height (all are between 5’10-6’0 and 180-190 lb.)
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-Mecole Hardman 4.33, 36.5″ VJ, 9’11 BJ (2nd round pick)
-Marcus Simms 4.40, 36″ VJ, 10’03 BJ
-Diontae Johnson 4.53, 33.5″ VJ, 10’03 BJ (3rd round)
-Terry Godwin 4.55, 36.5″ VJ, 9’09 BJ (7th round)
-Hunter Renfrow 4.59, 35″ VJ, 9’08 BJ (5th round)
**Also interesting, Tennessee Titans UDFA WR Anthony Ratliff-Williams is 5’11, 195 (so just over the weight limit) and he posted a 4.53, 35″ VJ and 10’06 BJ. Not too much difference in the vertical but Simms wins with the speed while ARW is more explosive.
At the very least we can see that athletically Sims stands up well with the competition at the next level.
I have said before that the Tennessee Titans should look at him with their 7th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft or they should make an effort to call him as soon as the Supplemental NFL Draft is concluded.
As a special teams player he was outstanding in college:
"“Simms led the Big 12 in punt returns and kick returns in 2017, and has some impressive plays where he makes the first defender miss before getting upfield and eating up free yards. On top of that, he only has one fumble over the past few years despite being used as a receiver, punt returner and kick returner.”"
If the Titans were to spend a late round pick on him they would be a getting a coverage man on special teams, a prospect with a lot of experience as a punt returner and a developmental WR with deep speed.
It is always easy to shoot ideas like this down or scoff, but in 12 months when you look back and see that the New England Patriots or L.A. Rams made a similar move and it worked out, everyone complains that their team didn’t do it.
Hindsight will tell whether or not spending a pick on Sims would be worth it, but there is less guess work now than their was a few weeks ago thanks to these impressive testing numbers.