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Chris Simms takes an unfiltered look at the NFL, featuring player access, unabashed opinion, X&O film breakdown, and stories from a life in and around football.

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Chris Simms takes an unfiltered look at the NFL, featuring player access, unabashed opinion, X&O film breakdown, and stories from a life in and around football.

    NFL Draft Interviews: Kellen Mond, Caleb Farley, and Dyami Brown

    NFL Draft Interviews: Kellen Mond, Caleb Farley, and Dyami Brown

    Ohhh baby. With his Draft rankings in the rearview, Simms talks to a trio of his favorite prospects with Draft Day a week away.

    (1:40) Texas A&M QB Kellen Mond on why he deserves to be a first-round pick, why he chose to do the 'Zach Wilson Throw' at his Pro Day, and how he self-scouted himself across 4 years with the Aggies.

    (42:15) Virginia Tech CB Caleb Farley on why teams should take a risk on him, how he talks trash, and his battle in college with Chase Claypool.

    (1:15:35) UNC WR Dyami Brown on concerns about his route tree, when he knew he was really fast, and why opponents should never leave a CB 1-on-1 with him.

    • 1 hr 40 min
    2021 Draft Tight End Rankings

    2021 Draft Tight End Rankings

    Chris is extra excited today for some reason. He and Ahmed answer some questions, welcome back Big Phil to the pod, and then reveal Chris' last draft position rankings: Tight Ends.

    (5:05) Bengals re-brand (sort of) - The Uniform Police react to Cincy's new threads

    (8:50) #AskMeAnything - Should Justin Fields and Trey Lance start right away? Would you rather have Mac Jones at #3 or Kellen Mond at #12? Is Davis Mills a good draft sleeper?

    (26:55) Big Phil joins - Should the Panthers still draft a QB after trading for Sam Darnold? Do the 49ers need to trade Jimmy Garoppolo? And Phil roasts the most overused draft tropes.

    (52:15) TE Scouting Process - How does Chris weigh blocking vs receiving? Why does it take TEs so long to reach their potential in the NFL?

    (58:45) TE #5 Briley Moore (Kansas State) - "Reminded me of Mark Andrews"

    (1:04:40) TE #4 Brevin Jordan (Miami) - Is he a traditional tight end?

    (1:09:30) TE #3 Tommy Tremble (Notre Dame) - "His vast skill set screwed him over in production."

    (1:15:00) TE #2 Pat Freiermuth (Penn State) - Is he really "Baby Gronk?"

    (1:18:15) TE #1 Kyle Pitts (Florida) - Where would he rank among this year's wide receivers?

    • 1 hr 33 min
    2021 Draft Linebacker Rankings

    2021 Draft Linebacker Rankings

    Chris reveals his draft LB rankings, and then he and Ahmed reach into the mailbag.

    (3:15) LB Scouting Process - Would you rather have a coverage LB or a run thumper? What happened to Isaiah Simmons and Patrick Queen last year? And Chris predicts some 2nd year leaps for the 2020 LB class.

    (15:30) LB #5 Nick Bolton (Missouri) - How does he compare to Steelers LB Devin Bush?

    (20:30) LB #4 Jabril Cox (LSU) - How does he compare to other recently drafted LSU LBs?

    (27:45) LB #3 Zaven Collins (Tulsa) - "The best between-the-tackles LB in the draft"

    (36:00) LB #2 Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (Notre Dame) - "Arguably my favorite watch in the whole draft"

    (44:40) LB #1 Micah Parsons (Penn State) - How high could he go? Giants #11? Broncos #9?

    (55:15) Honorable mentions - Jamin Davis (Kentucky), Chazz Surratt (North Carolina), Baron Browning (Ohio State), Derrick Barnes (Purdue) 

    (1:04:40) #AskMeAnything - What did Chris learn from his interview with a chippy Kellen Mond? Would he have traded up to #3 if he was the 49ers GM? What did he take from Justin Fields 2nd Pro Day? And what do we make of Trevor Lawrence's comments on motivation?

    • 1 hr 32 min
    2021 Draft Running Back Rankings

    2021 Draft Running Back Rankings

    Chris reveals his Draft rankings for the controversial RB position, and he and Paul take a few more of your draft questions.

    (1:40) RB Scouting Process - Would Chris draft an RB in Round 1 anymore? How would Chris re-rank last year's RB class?

    (12:00) RB #5 Javonte Williams (North Carolina) - "A ball of power."

    (18:35) RB #4 Najee Harris (Alabama) - "He's a tough eval for me. I don't think he's a slam dunk #1 RB."

    (28:10) RB #3 Javian Hawkins (Louisville) - "He's small. That's where the negatives stop."

    (34:45) RB #2 Michael Carter (North Carolina) - "Nobody tackles him 1-on-1."

    (44:30) RB #1 Travis Etienne (Clemson) - "The most complete RB in the draft."

    (55:00) Honorable mentions - Chuba Hubbard (Oklahoma State), Trey Sermon (Ohio State), Kenneth Gainwell (Memphis), Rhamondre Stevenson (Oklahoma)

    (1:08:45) #AskMeAnything - Is Mac Jones worth trading up for? How does Justin Fields compare to Lamar Jackson? Should the Bengals draft Penei Sewell or Ja'Marr Chase? And Chris tweaks his Aaron Rodgers song.

    • 1 hr 30 min
    2021 Draft Defensive Tackle Rankings

    2021 Draft Defensive Tackle Rankings

    Chris and Paul reminisce about football movies and Warren Sapp stories before they take some questions and reveal the Simms 2021 Draft DT Rankings.

    (9:40) #AskMeAnything - Does Jaelen Phillips' concussion history worry Chris? How does Kwity Paye compare to Rashan Gary? Did Jaycee Horn's 40 impressive Simms? Should the Pats pounce on Kellen Mond?

    (23:45) DT Scouting Process - Is Simms looking for power or speed from his DTs?

    (27:45) DT #5 Jay Tufele (USC) - "A stout ball of power"

    (32:25) DT #4 Alim McNeill (NC State) - "Immovable. A true nose tackle"

    (37:35) DT #3 Tyler Shelvin (LSU) - "They don't make humans like this very often"

    (45:05) DT #2 Christian Barmore (Alabama) - "There's no negatives, but I expected more"

    (52:30) DT #1 Levi Onwuzurike (Washington) - "He moves like he's 275 lbs, but with the strength of a 330-lb guy."

    (1:09:50) Honorable Mentions - Osa Odighizuwa (UCLA), Daviyon Nixon (Iowa), Milton Williams (Louisiana Tech)

    (1:14:20) QB Jeopardy: Top 10 Draft Picks

    • 1 hr 25 min
    2021 Draft Offensive Line Rankings

    2021 Draft Offensive Line Rankings

    Chris and Ahmed react to the Sam Darnold trade and take some QB draft questions before they dive into Simms' OL rankings.

    (4:20) Sam Darnold trade - Can the Panthers make the playoffs with him? What positions should Carolina target in the draft? Did the Jets get enough for him?

    (16:10) QB Questions - Did Chris see enough tape of Zach Wilson under pressure? How risky a pick is Justin Fields? Does Mac Jones have more upside than we think?

    (37:45) OL Scouting Process - How does Chris differentiate between a tackle, guard, and center? What did he learn about his miss on Tristan Wirfs?

    (46:10) OL #6 Teven Jenkins (Oklahoma State) - "Big country!"

    (51:10) OL #5 Rashawn Slater (Northwestern) - "One of the tougher evals I've had"

    (57:10) OL #4 Alijah Vera-Tucker (USC) - "One of the best pure pass protectors in the draft"

    (1:03:05) OL #3 Landon Dickerson (Alabama) - "This is a Pro Bowl center"

    (1:08:15) OL #2 Christian Darrisaw (Virginia Tech) - "His anchor is the best in the draft"

    (1:13:40) OL #1 Penei Sewell (Oregon) - "Rare to see a guy that big who can move the way he can"

    (1:24:00) Honorable mentions & missed the cut - Walker Little (Stanford), Alex Leatherwood (Alabama), Aaron Banks (Notre Dame), Liam Eichenberg (Notre Dame), Jackson Carman (Clemson), Rasheed Walker (Penn State), Jalen Mayfield (Michigan), Samuel Cosmi (Texas), Brady Christensen (BYU)

    • 1 hr 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
67 Ratings

67 Ratings

RyanNohop ,

In-depth draft Analogy

Great listen, thought behind his predications with clear background of understanding the league...

My question is at 15 with New England, if Bills ranking of his 5th quarterback is still available and his 3rd ranked pass catcher is still available. What is the logical move to do. Can’t see a team love the 5th player at any position let alone quarterback.

(I think New England is very strong at o-line + secondary, and still bellow average at d-line and wr) baring all qbs and Wr gone what can we expect bill to do with your thoughts?

BBeatstackle ,

Big Beats

Played for many years and was a film junkie so I love hearing analysis from a guy who really knows the game and takes the time to watch the film and understands what coordinators and quarterbacks are doing and whether it worked or not

abcd.dcba ,

Love this Pod!!!

Finally!!! A pod giving football breakdowns, from, wait for it... a freaking football player!!! So sick of listening to analysts who have never played a snap tell me what they think of a game. Absolutely loved the shotgun breakdown in the latest episode. This should be a must listen among fantasy football players.

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