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Isaiah Simmons has some LT traits

Lunchtime12pm : 2/7/2020 5:59 pm
Does anybody have the game film or link when LT had double digit tackles and had numerous snaps as an Outside Corneback and Safety? Thats what I instantly thought of when watching Simmons game tape!
They don't belong in the same sentence together  
allstarjim : 2/7/2020 6:02 pm : link
Just stop  
blueblood : 2/7/2020 6:13 pm : link
seriously.. just stop.
Dick Butkus, LawrenceTaylor ...  
Manny in CA : 2/7/2020 6:17 pm : link

They're in a league by themselves - "Like a bunch of crazed dogs"

I remember watching an interview with him, in which he described how one of the things he most loved to do (growing up) was to race against his friends ...

They'd start at one end of the block and race to the other. the only rule - you have to climb over every roof !

LT would snap Simmons like a twig  
LBH15 : 2/7/2020 6:19 pm : link
on his way to hitting the QB.
Simmons is absolutely nothing like LT  
Dave in PA : 2/7/2020 6:37 pm : link
If he were, there would be no question as to the second or maybe even first pick in the draft
He reminds me more of Armstead - fast, diagnoses quickly, great open  
Ira : 2/7/2020 6:39 pm : link
field tackler. But Simmons is better in coverage.
LS : 2/7/2020 6:46 pm : link
More like  
Now Mike in MD : 2/7/2020 6:48 pm : link
Leonard floyd.
I am one of Isaiah's greatest fans, but I would not compare him to LT  
KeoweeFan : 2/7/2020 6:50 pm : link
They share some specific attributes, such as speed, range and sure tackling; but they also have differences.
Simmons uniqueness is his ability to play multiple positions from LB to safety. As LB he can cover the TE, his recovery ability is extraordinary, but his rush is scheme dependent; he could be blocked at the line of scrimmage if they knew he was coming. LT didn't care if you knew he was coming.

Simmons can excel in a defense built around his strengths, e.g. the "multiple" philosophy as he was used in Clemson.
(You never knew if he was going to drop back as safety, cover the slot receiver or rush the passer when Clemson crowded the line.)

Granted, Grahams schemes seem well suited for Isaiah; and he is a "coach on the field" and of high character.
I think his strengths would fit in with the NYG.
On other teams he might be just another Julius Peppers.
The OP has been a registered user here for a long time,  
81_Great_Dane : 2/7/2020 6:54 pm : link
so I don't think he's some kind of kid. But I think these LT comparisons (which we read often on BBI) are misguided. LT just isn't a useful measuring stick against which other players can be judged. He was too unique a talent, too unusual a combination of power, strength, speed, agility and drive.

It's hard to understand what he was, and what he was capable of on a football field, unless you watched him a lot. He didn't get the tackle or sack on every play, the Giants still lost plenty of games with him in the lineup, but was the definition of a "game-wrecker." It was like having a tornado on your team. Sometimes he'd do something nobody thought could be done — so there was no defense against it.

He was a flawed man but a unique football talent.

Simmons is a nice player. And everybody has some LT traits, like legs and arms and lungs. But Simmons didn't dominate college ball the way LT did (even given that the 1980 ACC wasn't comparable to the 2019 SEC), it's unlikely he'll dominate immediately in the NFL the way LT did. So the similarities are kind of limited.
RE: More like  
uther99 : 2/7/2020 6:56 pm : link
In comment 14806374 Now Mike in MD said:
Leonard floyd.

Agreed, I am not a Simmons fan
LT played with a passion that very few people have  
JohnB : 2/7/2020 7:00 pm : link
and that is what set him apart from all others.

There will never be "the next LT".
RE: RE: More like  
aGiantGuy : 2/7/2020 7:11 pm : link
In comment 14806378 uther99 said:
In comment 14806374 Now Mike in MD said:


Leonard floyd.

Agreed, I am not a Simmons fan

Literally the only similarities are height and weight. They’re not in the same stratosphere in terms of speed, or coverage ability, pursuit, tackling ability, play diagnosis. For instance Leonard Floyd had 0 interceptions in college, Isaiah Simmons has 4 in 2 years, 1 of them coming from playing the deep half. Leonard Floyd has never shown that capability ever, not even in practice. Watching Floyd try to cover a tight end looks a lot like him about to trip over his own two feet.

Watch Simmons touchdown saving tackle on J.k. Dobbins, Leonard Floyd is never making that play. He’s much closer to Derwin James then Floyd. The prospect closer to Floyd is our very own Lorenzo Carter. The comparison is lazy
Capt. Don : 2/7/2020 7:17 pm : link
Reggie White

Derrick Thomas

Everyone Else

BobsYourUncle : 2/7/2020 7:24 pm : link
Has no dog in him... PASS..
Rich man's Anthony Barr  
Saquads Barkley : 2/7/2020 7:29 pm : link
I like him as a prospect, but LT is pretty much the greatest player in NFL history.
RE: Rich man's Anthony Barr  
aGiantGuy : 2/7/2020 7:47 pm : link
In comment 14806396 Saquads Barkley said:
I like him as a prospect, but LT is pretty much the greatest player in NFL history.

Anthony Barr is a pretty good comp, I remember a lot of draftniks saying how soft he was. His first 2 years in the league he forced 5 fumbles. Funny how gaining 15 pounds can completely change a prospect
He likes them small hands, does he?  
Shepherdsam : 2/7/2020 7:47 pm : link
what I saw of Simmons is that when the play  
Del Shofner : 2/7/2020 7:57 pm : link
was at or to him, or he was blitzing, he was very effective - but I also saw that on plays run away from him, he did not hustle to get in the play.

If the Giants see fit to draft him, I'm all in. But I don't see any real comparison to LT, for the reasons stated by others above. LT got himself in the play even when you didn't think he could.
Simmons closest comp for me is  
CromartiesKid21 : 2/7/2020 8:23 pm : link
Julian Peterson
RE: Simmons  
Rjanyg : 2/7/2020 9:35 pm : link
In comment 14806390 BobsYourUncle said:
Has no dog in him... PASS..

Disagree. This is the kind of thinking that pisses me off when it comes to player evaluations.

Simmons is a stud. He is not LT or Ray Lewis for that matter. Completely different skill set. He will be an excellent pro “ defender”. Don’t try to limit the possibilities. And yes, he can be very aggressive and physical.
No one is comparable to LT  
DonnieD89 : 2/7/2020 9:50 pm : link
or has come close. With that said, you can’t deny that Simmons has unique tools to be affective in the NFL. If the Giants feel that they can use him appropriately, he should be strongly considered.
My favorite LT highlights  
Osi Osi Osi OyOyOy : 2/7/2020 10:05 pm : link
Are actually when he’s in the position OP talks about. LT was sometimes a 3rd corner, he was sometimes a flat out outside #2 corner on receivers, he was very often the free safety in Goalline situations.

Not exactly what you’re looking for OP, but search “LT Goal line” for a vid that encapsulates his athletic ridiculousness.

Simmons is fun and has the quickness/athleticism, but is miles and miles behind on power. Not even close to a valid comp.
No disrespect to Simmons  
PhilSimms15 : 2/7/2020 10:40 pm : link
But comparing him to LT is just not fair. LT was and still is, the single best defensive player ever. He did things I haven’t seen before or after with his speed, power and relentlessness.
NO, absolutely he doesn't  
montanagiant : 2/7/2020 11:35 pm : link
LT was a beast, a monster that scared everyone. Simmons is finesse but LT was the purest example of destruction the NFL has ever seen. Strength, speed, finesse, determination, desire, badassness rolled all into one phenomenal individual the world has not seen since.
Eric from BBI : Admin : 2/7/2020 11:37 pm : link
aren't similar at all. In fact, as linebackers, they are the exact opposite.

It's almost as if you never saw LT play.
RE: they  
montanagiant : 2/8/2020 1:21 am : link
In comment 14806477 Eric from BBI said:
aren't similar at all. In fact, as linebackers, they are the exact opposite.

It's almost as if you never saw LT play.

LOL...100% correct!
Yeah LT when he was 12 years old.  
Victor in CT : 2/8/2020 7:10 am : link
Just stop it. If there's one guy I absolutely would not take with a high pick it's Simmons. You don't take a guy without a clear cut position that high.
RE: RE: they  
Klaatu : 2/8/2020 7:34 am : link
In comment 14806507 montanagiant said:
In comment 14806477 Eric from BBI said:


aren't similar at all. In fact, as linebackers, they are the exact opposite.

It's almost as if you never saw LT play.

LOL...100% correct!

I'm going to file this under ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?
Someone’s been drinking  
Section331 : 2/8/2020 10:21 am : link
at lunchtime.
You'd have to really convince me he is a gamechanger  
Jim in Forest Hills : 2/8/2020 11:11 am : link
I see a nice player. He's versatile. A huge part will be the coach that gets him. I dont know, I think guys like Young and Okudah fit everywhere. Simmons?
Modern NFL defenses  
Coach Red Beaulieu : 2/8/2020 11:50 am : link
are what LT envisioned and innovated. Overloading gaps, exploiting mismatches, and different personnel packages and looks.

What is more simulated pressure than the other team calling a TO because they didn't know where LT was when he was on the sideline? lol
One of the many unique things about #56 was ....  
Jim from Katonah : 2/8/2020 5:52 pm : link
.... his ability to stay on his feet when blockers tried to cut block him. They would come at him at full speed and dive at his legs and he had this incredible ability to absorb and deflect the blow and stay upright. I’ve never seen it before or since. He was the best football player of my lifetime.
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