Isaiah Simmons runs an official 4.39 in the 40


Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons wowed scouts Saturday night at the NFL Scouting Combine, running an official time of 4.39 in the 40-yard dash.

He declined to run a second time.

Simmons’ time was just off the combine record for a linebacker set by Shaquem Griffin two years ago with a 4.38 clocking.

Simmons weighed 238 pounds, had a 39-inch vertical and an 11-foot broad jump.

He played every position in the Clemson defense except nose tackle and the 3-technique. Simmons’ best fit in the NFL could be at weakside linebacker.

“I think it’s really beneficial for me [to have played so many positions],” Simmons said. “I know years ago it wasn’t good to be a position-less guy. But now it’s become a benefit for me just because of all the versatility I’ll be able to do — play linebacker, play safety, whatever it is, I feel like it just helps me out.

“When it comes down to it, I’m going to try with my best ability to do everything I can.”

7 responses to “Isaiah Simmons runs an official 4.39 in the 40

  1. Simmons has made the top 10 VERY interesting, because there are multiple teams that could use his services. NYG, CAR, ARI, and JAX to name a few but just because of his versatility and his insane highlights and measurables you have to figure that he’s now in play for Detroit at 3.

  2. I only watched 2 games of his, and he looked to me to be the best player on the field both times. With his instincts, vision and intelligence along with his hard work I believe he can be the best LB in the league. You cant teach speed like his either. He ran faster then 95% of this yrs rookies at ANY position. I’m going to enjoy watching him mature into one of the greats…

  3. Bob Quinn has been gushing about Simmons. Wouldn’t be surprised of a Detroit traded down to a QB (Tua) hungry team and took Simmons.

  4. I’m kinda sad he did so well at the combine. Now there’s less chance he’s available for my Jags at 9.

  5. Ah, the myth of Shaquem Griffin’s 4.38 40! His second run was timed at 4.59. What struck me as I watched was that he appeared to be running at the same pace as the ‘4.38.’ Well, the NFL Network tried to sync Griffin up with previous Combine runners – Julio Jones was one – two, maybe three different times. Although 4.38 would have won each of the synced up groups, Griffin came in last by several steps each time. The broadcast moved on without ever explaining the obvious – there was no 4.38 – that both runs were about 4.59.

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