Trenton Simpson
Trenton Simpson  LB  Clemson | NFL Draft 2023 Souting Report - Portrait Image
Trenton Simpson
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Charlotte, NC
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Trenton Simpson LB Clemson | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Trenton Simpson LB Clemson
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Overall Rank: #19 Position Rank: #4 (LB)
40 time: 4.39 seconds
Height: 6-3 Weight: 230
Date of Birth: 06/14/2001 Age: 21.3
Overall Rating: 90.2 / 100
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DRAFT PROJECTION: 1st - Mid Position rank: #4
College Games: 28 College Snaps: 1060
ESPN College Recruiting
Grade: Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars (84/100)
College Combine Results
247 Sports Recruiting
Grade: Model.PlayerDetailFlat._247_RecruitingStarRating Stars Model.PlayerDetailFlat._247_RecruitingStarRating Stars (98.71/100 )
Draft Profile: Bio
Trenton 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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