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NFL Draft: Player Profile - Jerome Simpson
John Tuvey
April 25, 2008
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Wide Receiver - Coastal Carolina

Measurables:
Combine Height: 6-2
Combine Weight: 199
Combine 40 Time: 4.47

Stats:
Caught 41 balls for 697 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Skill Set:
Simpson is this year’s candidate for the second annual “next Marques Colston” award. His height, hops, and hands will make him a favored red zone target, as he uses his large frame to shield defenders and can go get the ball with anyone. Simpson doesn’t have the top-end speed of some members of this wide receiver class, and he’ll need to add some muscle to withstand the rigors of the NFL. However, he scaled the draft boards with his showing at the East-West Shrine game and should follow the path paved by Colston and Jacoby Jones to a regular gig on Sundays.

Possible Destinations:
Just about every team in the league could stand to add another receiver, and Simpson’s skill set—height and hands—is a good fit for any offensive scheme. He probably doesn’t need to wait around for a phone call on Saturday, but his Sunday brunch could be interrupted by a phone call from one of several clubs in the market for a pass catcher. Some teams will scratch their receiver itch on Saturday, leaving the Rams, Bengals, Eagles, Redskins, and Titans as logical landing spots for Simpson on Day Two.

Fantasy Impact:
Asking someone to be the next Colston is a daunting challenge, as the Saints’ receiver is one of only four rookie wideouts this decade to amass 1,000 receiving yards in his inaugural campaign. Simpson will likely need more time to develop, though his performance at the Shrine Game demonstrated his small-school lineage won’t be a detriment to his success on Sundays. You could consider Simpson for a smaller contribution later in the season should he walk into a situation requiring he play right away, but the best bet for a fantasy contribution will come a couple years down the road so he’s a smarter selection late in dynasty drafts.

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