Report: Boston College S Justin Simmons Has Visit Scheduled With Steelers

Justin Simmons

The Pittsburgh Steelers brought in another safety for a pre-draft visit on Friday and it appears as though at least one more will be coming to Pittsburgh sometime next week.

According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, Boston College safety Justin Simmons has several pre-draft visits scheduled and one of those will be with the Steelers.

Simmons, who measured in at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at 6-2, 202-pounds, registered 67 total tackles last season and 5 interceptions. He played in 50 games at Boston College and started 34 of them.

According to numbers compiled by STATS, Simmons gave up 17 catches for 247 yards and a touchdown last season in coverage. He was reportedly targeted 36 times in total and only missed 4 tackles all season.

Like so many of the other safeties that the Steelers have brought in for pre-draft visits this month, Simmons is expected to be drafted in the middle rounds.

So far this month, the Steelers have brought in safeties Darian Thompson, Jeremy Cash, Deon Bush, Keanu Neal, T.J. Green, Vonn Bell, and Trae Elston for pre-draft visits. Jayron Kearse is also reportedly scheduled to visit at some point prior to the draft.

2016 NFL Draft Player Profiles: Boston College S Justin Simmons

  • Ike Evans

    Big fan of this guy and hes flying under the radar a bit

  • AndyR34

    Ike – I think he’s under the radar of many fans…probably not pro scouts. I think he would be a pretty good pick also, but there are a number of pretty good picks at mid-round safety.

  • John

    I like him. Reliable guy. Good combine results particularly in agility drills. Can cover. Makes tackles. Hope he falls to us.

  • PaeperCup

    You know what…I think they want to draft a Safety.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Alot of them! Lol!

  • Ike Evans

    Yea their are….im confident we will find a talented guy there this draft

  • PaeperCup

    Maybe All of them.

  • Steve Johnson

    Well one thing is for sure, we can’t say the F/O isn’t focused on trying to improve the secondary. It wouldn’t surprise me if the selected two Safeties and two CB’s. I just hope they finally get it right.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    A draft class of all defensive backs! Lol!

  • vasteeler

    definitely doing their due diligence

  • Jason

    I have a sneaking suspicion that we’re drafting a safety this year.

  • GoSteelerz

    Another player I like, keep ’em coming guys! 😀

  • Sdale

    Why is he considered a mid round safety? I look at him against all the other safeties and I don’t see what they have that this guy doesn’t. I don’t think, other than Ramsey, this is a really good safety class. Yeah, there are a lot of draftable safeties, but they all have plenty of warts. This guy is my second favorite safety, so it’s great if we get him in round 3, but I would take him in R2 before I would take a lot of the other guys that are “R2 guys”. What am I missing?

  • Jeff Burton

    17 catches in 36 targets is not anything to brag about. There are a number of better players on that list.

  • PaeperCup

    I will say that compared to a DB, that’s not great. But as a free safety who’s not often lined up against any one man, it’s a little harder to quantify. Sometime I wonder how they even count a target against a saefety in certain situations, This is why that Alexander Macensie pas breakdown Dave did earlier was so helpful, it gives us a chance to see the circumstances of each catch or non catch.

  • Pghomer

    I’m with you Sdale…I might be a little higher on the group as a whole than you are. But I am right with you on Simmons.

  • Pghomer

    Getting it right is the key for me in this draft…especially at CB. That’s why I stay away from CB in 1st.
    I’m right with ya’…

  • Pghomer

    Be vewwy, vewwy quiet….we have sneaking suspicions. lol
    jk I agree…think 2nd round is sweet spot. But if determine need to wait there are good options through rd 4 for future starters IMHO.