When the Seattle Seahawks organized team activities (OTAs) concluded last week there was a buzz around several players who impressed observers. Paul Richardson, Doug Baldwin, and Korey Toomer were earning some serious praise from coaches and reporters alike. One guy who came on particularly strong at the end was cornerback Tharold Simon.
Writing in the Seattle Times last week, Bon Condotta had this to say about Simon:
“Tharold Simon had, in my opinion, the best day of any player. A fifth-round draft pick last year who missed the entire season with two different foot injuries, Simon is still raw, and he made some mistakes. But he also picked off two passes and went high in the air — he’s 6-3 —in front of a receiver to pick off both passes. He also forced an outside running play back inside, which prompted Sherman to yell,” That’s good technique.”
Simon was taken in the fifth round by the Seahawks in the 2013 draft, but he missed all of last season with a broken foot. Now he’s eager to make a name for himself and is making a case to join Seattle’s infamous secondary, known as the Legion of Boom.
Since he hasn’t played a snap in the NFL yet we had to dig up a highlight reel from Simon’s days at LSU.
What you see is Simon using his size to out-leverage receivers and either break up passes or pick them off. At 6’2″ and 202 pounds he’s in the same mold as Brandon Browner, who has gone on to play for the Patriots. If Simon continues to impress he may give Byron Maxwell a serious run for his money at right cornerback.