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2023 NFL Draft Prospect Review - LB Trenton Simpson

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Player Description

Name: Trenton Simpson Position: Linebacker

College: Clemson Uniform Number: #22

Class: Junior Height: 6-3

Weight: 240 lbs Projected Round: Top 20 pick



  • Tall, muscular, and compact frame for position

  • Freakish athleticism (elite)

  • Explosive first step

  • Hard-hitting tackler

  • Toughness and tenacity on every play

  • High-level instincts

  • Incredible short-area quickness

  • Exceptional closing speed and range

  • Ideal length to take on blockers

  • Highly versatile - can play multiple spots along the line of scrimmage

  • Physical at the point of attack

  • Can adequately cover short and intermediate areas

  • Able to read and diagnose quickly

  • High football IQ



When taking on offensive linemen climbing the second level, Simpson does not always use hands effectively to gain the separation needed to shed and make plays; he is susceptible in this way to getting stuck on blocks. Will occasionally take poor angles on tackles, specifically on outside runs. Anchoring against the run is a notable weakness for Simpson; he needs to do a better job dropping his weight and taking on blocks in order to be effective against the run.

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