With the NFL Combine winding down, the mock drafts are just starting to heat up.
With the No. 3 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions have a lot of things to consider. However, drafting a top-tier player on defense seems like a slam dunk.
No one knows which players will become NFL stars once they are selected no matter how good they were in college, but if the Lions are thinking defense with their first pick, Isaiah Simmons has to be on their radar.
Isaiah Simmons stock rises
Detroit fans and mock draft experts everywhere pegged the Lions selecting either cornerback Jeffrey Okudah or pass rush extraordinaire Chase Young.
Both are solid selections.
But the hype train may be missing the boat on Isaiah Simmons.
Simmons is the real deal
Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons showed off his incredible abilities at the NFL combine on Saturday, and it was more than impressive.
A man his size shouldn’t be able to run a 4.3, 40-yard dash, but Simmons made it look easy.
We see you, @isaiahsimmons25
My goodness, do we see you. pic.twitter.com/ZZc9JB70He
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) March 1, 2020
The Lions sure could use someone that fast and strong chasing down the quarterback this fall.
It would be hard to pass on Chase Young if he is still available. With that said, picking Simmons over Young could make more sense.
Young is a beast on the field, that’s for sure. However, he plays the same position as Trey Flowers.
The Lions spent a lot of money to obtain Flowers last year as a free agent, and dumping a ton more on a player who plays the same position may not be the best idea.
In Simmons, the Lions could get a guy who can do multiple things on the field.
ESPN called Simmons the “do-it-all defender” who dazzled at the NFL Combine this past weekend and opened up a lot of NFL scouts’ eyes in amazement.
When asked earlier this week what he says when people ask him what position he plays, he replied: “defense.”
The Lions have a nice set of linebackers in Christian Jones, Devon Kennard, Jarrad Davis, and Jahlani Tavai, but adding Simmons to the rotation would boost that core immensely.
The best part of Simmons is he likes to move around on defense. He has shown that he can handle playing on the defensive line as both a nickel cornerback and safety for the Clemson Tigers.
That is a flexibility that you don’t see from many players.
In 2019, Simmons was named the Butkus Award winner as the nation’s best linebacker, as well as the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year.
He racked up 102 tackles, 16 for a loss along with eight sacks and three interceptions.
Those types of numbers don’t come along often from a “linebacker.” This kid really can do it all.
Should the Lions select Isaiah Simmons at No. 3 this April in the 2020 NFL Draft? I’m not a GM, but if I was playing one for a day, he would be my selection.