Report: Colts Have Worked Out Boston College S Justin Simmons

According to DraftInsider.net’s Tony Pauline, the Indianapolis Colts are among the teams that have worked out Boston College safety Justin Simmons:

The 6’2″, 202 pound safety is coming off an exceptional season for the Eagles, recording 67 tackles, 5 interceptions, and a pass breakup in 12 games:

Nov 21, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Boston College Eagles defensive back Justin Simmons (27) makes an interception during the third quarter against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Currently, Simmons is projected to be a mid-late round pick by many draft experts, but he projects to be an eventual starter at the safety position (via his NFLDraft.com profile):

BOTTOM LINE

Simmons has interceptions against Deshaun Watson, Jacoby Brissett and two against Notre Dame, and was one of the standouts at Shrine Game practices showing off his instincts and ball skills. Despite his thin frame, Simmons tackles with urgency and doesn’t lack toughness for the position. With range, length, cover skills and special teams ability Simmons should hear his name called on the third day of the draft and could become an eventual starter.

With last season’s nickel safety Clayton Geathers set to assume a starting job with incumbent starting safety Dwight Lowery‘s departure, the Colts could be in the market for additional depth at the safety position.

Not to mention, current starting safety Mike Adams just turned 35 years old and is set to enter the last year of his Colts contract, which means the team could eventually use a long-term answer at the safety position.

It could make quite a deal of sense if the Colts chose to draft a developmental safety such as Simmons to groom behind Adams for a season, just like they did last season previously with Lowery and Geathers–before ultimately assuming the starting job.

 

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