Overview: Deon Simon was a nose tackle from Northwestern State who is now currently on the New York Jets. He was one of the players invited to the Combine and the Senior Bowl. During the combine, Simon performed the best out of the other defensive lineman during the bench press portion by completing 35 reps for 225 pounds. During his college career, he had 93 tackles, 7.5 sacks and had 14.5 tackles for losses.
Strengths: A powerful player. Has ideal size at the position. Great athlete. Great at stopping the run and playing against the run. Knows how to play in space and use his size to his advantage. Knows how to use his hands. Knows how to get passed opposing offensive lineman.
Weaknesses: Has an inconsistent motor. The level of competition he faced in college is questionable. Not a great pass rusher, needs to be more consistent as player.
How he fits the New York Jets: Simon provides depth at the nose tackle position. Todd Bowles plans on staying at a 3-4 system which is a system that Simon is familiar playing in in college. Although the Jets have a strong defensive line, Simon offers competition and insurance behind their starter Damon Harrison.
My NFL Comparison: Kansas City Chiefs’ nose tackle Dontari Poe. Why Poe? Both are great athletes who are effective at playing in a 3-4 system, great the run, and know how to play in space.
Bottom Line: A small school prospect that has the skill sets and potential to become a starter at nose tackle down the road. The Jets 3-4 system they have on defense will help Simon tremendously with his transition at nose tackle. With the coaching staff the Jets currently have in place he has potential to be an impact player for this defense down the road.