3. John Simpson, Clemson 6-4, 330 (3)
Why He’s Here On The List: Combine the size, the movement, and the ability and the NFL upside, he’s as good and as strong as any guard-only blocker in the draft. He’s not an elite prospect like a Quenton Nelson, but he brings the power and he can move just enough to not be planted into the ground.
What The NFL Types Want To See: The feet have to be there. Among a group of guards who are all about the same, he can’t be brutally lumbering. He’s not going to blaze away with the wide receivers, but the short drills have to be okay. He might be a phone booth blocker, but just a little bit of movement will work wonders.
Bottom Line: There’s a whole lot to be concerned about – he grabs way too much and he’ll have problems with the elite interior speed rushers – but with his size and overall set of skills, he’s going to be a nice value pick after the second round who turns into a key part of an NFL interior.