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John Simon | Linebacker

Team: Baltimore Ravens
Age / DOB:  (23) / 10/14/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 252
College: Ohio State
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Ravens signed fourth-round OLB John Simon to a four-year contract.
Simon, a defensive end at Ohio State, will make the transition to stand-up edge rusher with the Ravens. He's already drawn comparisons to ex-Raven Jarret Johnson, but expect him to focus on special teams as a rookie. Tue, May 21, 2013 12:17:00 PM

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Ravens fourth-round pick John Simon is projected as an outside rush linebacker in Baltimore.

Simon played with his hand in the dirt at defensive end in college, but he is already drawing comparisons to ex-Raven Jarret Johnson. The only knock on Simon (6-foot-1, 257) is his size, but he'll have a similarly short edge rusher in Elvis Dumervil (5-foot-11, 248) to learn from with the Ravens.
Sun, Apr 28, 2013 12:14:00 PM

Ravens selected Ohio State DE John Simon with the No. 129 overall pick.

Simon (6-1, 257) — referred to as the "heart and soul" of Ohio State's defense by Urban Meyer — was a three-year starter for the Buckeyes, racking up 43 career tackles for loss and 20.5 sacks. He ran 4.62 at OSU's Pro Day. NFL teams don't love short, stubby pass rushers, but Simon is built like James Harrison, with a similar non-stop motor and offers plus athleticism. He'll struggle for snaps along the Ravens' loaded defensive line as a rookie, but is an intriguing developmental prospect.
Sat, Apr 27, 2013 01:44:00 PM