Isaiah Simmons was always considered to be one of the first players taken off of the board and he has landed with the Arizona Cardinals. Early in the first round, the Cardinals selected Simmons with the No. 8 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Since early in the pre-draft process, Simmons was considered to be the best linebacker prospect available. However, due to his versatility on the field, it remains to be seen where Simmons is used in the NFL.
In his final season at Clemson, Simmons notched 104 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, and eight sacks. Along with those numbers, Simmons flashed his potential in coverage, breaking up eight passes and corralling three interceptions in 2019.
While he played at Clemson, Simmons was used in a myriad of ways on defense. On one play, he would be lined up on the outside, having a chance to rush the quarterback.
Then, on the very next play, Simmons would be utilized as a nickel cornerback, covering the opposing team's slot receiver. As a matter of fact, Simmons spent most of his time in 2019 positioned as Clemson's nickel cornerback, per ESPN's Field Yates.
Isaiah Simmons by alignment for Clemson in 2019:
* Safety: 218 snaps
* Slot CB: 286 snaps
* OLB: 160 snaps
* ILB/MLB: 120 snaps
* Perimeter CB: 17 snaps
He rushed the passer 71 times and had *7* sacks.
The most versatile player in the 2020 NFL Draft.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) January 18, 2020
In recent seasons, teams around the NFL have begun to prioritize players like Simmons early in the draft. Just by using common sense, when a player can play multiple positions, it's harder for them to fail at the next level.
Regardless of where he landed, scouts and the media alike assumed that Simmons would be off the board rather quickly in the first round. With that being said, the (team name) knew they couldn't afford to pass on a talent like Simmons.