BIOGRAPHY: Three-year starter who also saw limited action with the first team as a freshman. Senior totals included 86 tackles with six tackles for loss. Also intercepted one pass and broke up two more. Junior numbers were 64/6/1.5 with a pair of interceptions.
POSITIVES: Athletic linebacker who is best in pursuit. Flows well to the action, nicely scrapes in the box and displays speed to the sidelines. Quickly changes direction and covers a good amount of area on the field. Explosive filling gaps and fast on the blitz.
NEGATIVES: Inefficient and does not consistently take good angles to the play. Easily blocked by a single opponent and gets lost in the trash moving. Does more chasing the action as opposed to making plays on the ball.
ANALYSIS: A one-gap linebacker with marginal instincts, Simpson could back-up in a penetrating defense that allows him to freely flow to the action.