Could the Cleveland Browns add a local favorite to their pass-rushing corps? Though a shoulder injury kept John Simon out of the Senior Bowl and the physical drills at the NFL Combine, the defensive end out of Ohio State has had relative success in in-person meetings.
Pat Brennan of The Lantern reports that Simon, despite having countless interactions in a scrum-based environment, has had at least three meetings with individual teams that have been characterized as “positive.” One of these three teams is the Cleveland Browns, a team looking to implement a 3-4 defense that would put the 270-pound Simon on the outside of the defensive line or potentially upright as an edge rusher.
“I’ve talked to a lot of teams, especially considering the Senior Bowl and (the Combine),” Simon said. “Really enjoying the process and making some great relationships with some organizations.”
The heart of the Buckeyes, Simon’s injury led to consultation with renowned physician Dr. James Andrews. Among other teams, Simon has also met with the Denver Broncos and Detroit Lions, both of which have also been categorized as positive meetings.