John Simon to Ravens: How Does Defensive End Fit with Baltimore?
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John Simon, a two-time captain at Ohio State, was selected by the Ravens with the 129th pick in the draft. Simon was very productive in his time at OSU and became the fourth-straight defensive player taken by the Ravens in the draft.
Simon will play outside linebacker in Baltimore, and will be added to the rotation of Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil and Courtney Upshaw. Simon is a limited athlete, but is a good pass-rusher and solid run defender. He disengages from blocks well and has a tremendous work ethic. He's known as a workout warrior, but he played with his hand in the dirt and I'm not sure how comfortable he'll be in space and coverage.
Simon may not get a lot of play as a rookie due to the talent of the players in front of him, but he'll be able to contribute on special teams and will develop into a solid player for the Ravens over time.
Simon is viewed as a similar player to former Raven Jarrett Johnson. He's not great in space, but he's got a tremendous work ethic and motor. He'll probably never be a star, but he can develop into a player who gets significant playing time. The Ravens might also be looking toward the future with this pick. Terrell Suggs has a very large cap hit for the 2014 season and the Ravens might have to part ways with him then, especially if he doesn't return to form after suffering a partial Achilles tear last spring.
Simon will likely become a fan favorite and was a solid value pick for Baltimore at the end of the fourth round.
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