Ko Simpson S 6'1 201 South Carolina So.
By: Robert Davis
Ko Simpson jumped onto the scene as a freshman, showcasing a special talent for the safety position. Not only was he credited with 61 tackles, but he intercepted six passes. He was named SEC freshman of the year and was named to everyones freshman All American lists. This season as a sophomore teams knew he was lurking deep, so he made more of an impact getting to the ball carrier. For the season, Simpson had 103 tackles, 2.5 for loss, along with one interception. All American honors came his way after the season.
Simpson is the definition of a ballhawk in the secondary. He just has a nose for the football. He has a great sense of knowing where the action is going to be and gets there quickly. Simpson had seven picks in two seasons from his free safety spot. He is willing to attack the line of scrimmage and help out in run support. He is a very good athlete, with excellent quickness, and the speed to close on plays.
The biggest problem with Simpson is his lack of experience. He only has two years of experience outside of high school football, despite being 23 years old. He is a draft eligible sophomore, but only spent two years in the program. He did not enroll in school until the Spring of 2004, after signing in 2003. He could stand to add a few pounds to help him handle the physical style of play at the next level.
Ko Simpson is a very good safety prospect. He is an all around talent, with a nose for the football. With Jimmy Williams and Michael Huff being corner/safety tweeners, he may be the best true free safety in the draft. His upside may not be quite as high as the typical sophomore because of his age. This is a deep safety class, but he should be taken on Day One, with workouts dictating just how high he goes.
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