Draft Profile: BioTrenton Simpson from Mallard Creek High School was rated a 4-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 5-star grade by 247 Sports. After high school, Simpson joined Clemson after being heavily recruited.
In 2020 as a freshman Simpson saw action in 11 games and played a total of 283 snaps at Linebacker for the Tigers. He recorded 16 tackles, 3 assists, while adding 15 stops. In coverage Simpson notched up no pass breakups, no interceptions, and a disapointing QB rating when targetted of 137.8. As a pass rusher, he added 17 total pressures, which included 7 QB hurries, 7 QB hits, and 3 sacks on the season.
As a sophomore for the Tigers in 2021 Simpson played in 13 games and took part in 569 snaps for the Tigers. He recorded solid 52 tackles, 4 assists, while adding 35 stops. In coverage Simpson made one pass breakup, no interceptions, and a decent QB rating when targetted of 82.2. As a pass rusher, he chalked up 31 total pressures, and 11 QB hurries, 13 QB hits, and a solid 7 sacks during the year.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Showed initial quickness and good flexibility to dip and bend. Simpson has active hands and suddenness to his movements, demonstrating the ability to counter inside.
- Shows a burst to close. Flashes explosive hitting ability and good lateral and downfield pursuit.
- Handles misdirection well with quick change-of-direction ability. Comes downhill quickly against the run when Simpson has an open lane.
- Simpson will always try to plow into the largest piles and has a good knack of ending up glued to the ballcarrier.
- He’s a sure and violent wrap-up tackler with sideline-to-sideline range. He’s an excellent tackler in space, showing loose hips and the ability to break down and contain runners.
- He’s a fluid mover in pursuit as well, capable of moving down the line and making plays in pursuit.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- As good as Simpson is attacking downhill, he can get overaggressive and overrun plays, opening up cutback lanes for counter runs.
- Simpson lacks the ability to drop weight and anchor against the run, getting manhandled at the point of attack.
- He’s perfectly capable of converting speed into power when he gets to the ball, but too often he slips off tackles or turns into a grab-and-drag tackler rather than a hitter, failing to keep his legs driving through the hit.
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