With the 109th overall selection, the Las Vegas Raiders selected Clemson Guard John Simpson.
Simpson started 29 out of a possible 30 games at left guard for the Tigers. He was a third-team All-ACC selection in 2018. While in his senior year he earned first-team all-conference selection, second-team Associated Press All-American honors. Simpson only played in nine games in his true freshman season. He had one rushing attempt in 2019 as well, a one yard carry for a touchdown.
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What the Analysts Say
Broad, well-built snowplow of a guard with the traits and power to turn a crease into a full-fledged running lane. Teams looking to add physicality up front will covet Simpson, but keep in mind he was plenty effective with scoop blocks, pulls, second-level climbs and even screen blocking, which shows the big man can move. Tardiness coming out of his stance and issues changing direction in pass protection are concerns that may not be easily fixed and could lead to matchup-based inconsistencies. However, he plays with good technique and has the tools to become an early starter and a good NFL guard. – Lance Zierlein
He will be behind Richie Incognito in the Raiders offensive line. Incognito is 36 years old, so this could be a pick for the future. This will bring youth to an elderly offensive line. Simpson should be able to be patient and wait for his time to come, the Raiders have had a history of drafting well oiled offensive lineman. If Simpson sees time this year, he will need to be more disciplined as he has a tendency to draw holding penalties. Las Vegas was one of the most penalized teams last year.