Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Seahawks' picks: Round 5/138 - Tharold Simon, CB, 6-2, 202, LSU...Simon is a perfect fit for Seattle's press corner coverage scheme, and adds depth behind Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner. - The Sports Xchange
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04/28/13 - Seahawks fifth-round selection cornerback Tharold Simon provided his version of what happened on Thursday evening when he was charged with public intimidation, resisting arrest and unnecessary noise in his hometown of Eunice, La. "It's my fault," he said. "I mean I shouldn't have been parked on the side of the road. But I was just chillin' in my grandmother's house. And my car was parked on the side of the road by my grandmother's house. And I seen a car pull up, and it looked like a cop car. "So I went out there. And when I went out there, he told me to move the car. And then I moved the car. And when I turned the car on the music was up. And so when I pulled up in the driveway, he told me to give him my license. And I gave him my license. "And then I just sat on my car. He was running my license through. He called another cop to bring him a ticket book because I guess he was going to write me a ticket. And one of my friends had come to congratulate me on the draft that was going on and stuff. And he told my friend to move around. And then I had got out the car and I was like, 'Man, you trippin' for nothing. I mean, there's nothing serious really going on around here.' "And I guess he said my pants was low. So he was like 'Pick your pants up before I take you to jail.' And I picked my pants up. And then he just grabbed me and said, 'You know what, matter of fact put your hands behind your back.'" - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - Simon said he had his girlfriend's car keys, and he was trying to throw her car keys to his cousin, which the officer interpreted as him resisting arrest. "I never ran," Simon said. "I never flinched or moved or nothing. I'm a humble guy. I'm embarrassed about what happened. It shouldn't have happened. But like I said, everything happens for a reason. And right now my focus is to get up to Seattle and go compete." Ed Dodds, the Seahawks south central scout responsible for scouting Simon, said the team has clarity on Simon's incident, and they are fine with it. "I spent a lot of time with Tharold," Dodds said. "He's a really good kid. He wants to please. He called me as soon as that kind of happened. And as far as specifics, we'll just kind of wait to see what shakes out. But we were comfortable with what me and him talked about. And I talked to other people down there, so I don't see it as an issue."
As far as on the field, Dodds said the 6-2, 202-pound Simon is a perfect fit for Seattle's system, and has particularly impressive ball skills. "He looks beat sometimes," Dodd said. "But he's so long, and he just catches everything. That's what you see with those guys with length. The quarterback thinks the player's open, but this guy's so long, he gets there. And with him, he's not just knocking it down, he's catching it." - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - A closer look at the Seahawks' picks: Round 5/138 - Tharold Simon, CB, 6-2, 202, LSU...Simon is a perfect fit for Seattle's press corner coverage scheme, and adds depth behind Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner. - The Sports Xchange
04/26/13 - Former LSU cornerback Tharold Simon was arrested Thursday night for allegedly intimidating a police officer in his hometown of Eunice, La., according to KATC.com. Eunice city officials planned to proclaim Friday as “Tharold Simon Day” during a ceremony, and that will go on as planned according to Mayor Rusty Moody. A projected mid-to-late round pick, Simon allegedly failed to move his car upon the request of a police officer. According to police records, he told the officer, “I own Eunice” and “I'm gonna buy these projects, and you are gonna be mine.” Simon then proceeded to leave, spinning his wheels and turning up his radio. He was charged with public intimidation, resisting an officer and unnecessary noise violation. According to the report, Simon also told the officer that “the mayor was on his side” and that the officer would be fired if he wrote the ticket. Simon was released on bond.
Simon is attempting to follow in the footsteps of recent LSU cornerbacks Patrick Peterson and Morris Claiborne, leaving school early for an early NFL draft pick. He wasn't selected in Thursday's first round and isn't expected to be taken Friday night in the second or third rounds. Simon has imposing size at 6-foot-2 and 202 pounds but lacks ideal speed or refinement for the position, lacking the natural fluidity or feet to be consistent in man coverage.
Simon is considered an intriguing mid-to-late round option, ideally suited for a cover-2 scheme. But after Thursday's incident, he will be lucky to hear his name called at all this weekend in the 2013 NFL Draft. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/29/13 - 2013 LSU Pro Day: Tharold Simon, CB (6-2 1/4, 202) - Simon only ran the 40-yard dash once after seeing his time of 4.47 seconds in his first attempt. He recorded a 4.31-second short shuttle and 7.01 three-cone drill. He had an OK workout. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com