Seahawks Add Simon In NFL Draft
By Liz Mathews
The Seattle Seahawks selected cornerback Tharold Simon out of LSU with the second of their three fifth-rounds picks. At 138th overall, the team had received this selection via Oakland as part of the exchange for quarterback Matt Flynn.
Although Seattle already has what many consider the most dominating secondary in the NFL, the Seahawks have never shied away from depth or competition — or a player with a troubled past.
Just this past Thursday, Simon was arrested in his hometown of Eunice, La., for public intimidation, resisting arrest and unnecessary noise. Additionally, Simon had been suspended during the 2011 season for testing positive for smoking synthetic marijuana.
At 6-foot-2, 202 lbs., Simon has the bigger build the Seahawks tend to favor, similar to starters Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner.
“I know exactly how they play,” Simon told the media via conference call when asked how familiar he was with the team. “I watched them a lot this year, because I’m a big corner and they have some big corners. I like defense, and they had a real good defense. I know they like tall physical corners, and I’m a tall physical corner. Get up there and press, I know that’s what they like to do. I know I fit in there and I’m ready to go and compete and show them that I fit in their system.”
Seahawks’ South Central area scout Ed Dobbs agreed.
“Absolutely. He’s big, he’s long, he runs well, he’s very tough,” Dodds told local reporters after the selection. “He fits exactly, that mold, the guys we have with Richard and Brandon and [Byron] Maxwell, Jeremy Lane, he fits right in.”
But Simon has a long road ahead of him if he hopes to make the final roster, and keeping his nose clean is just the first step.