The Ravens Select John Simon in the 4th Round

By Kyle Rowland on April 27, 2013 at 1:46p
John Simon takes his game to Sunday

John Simon is headed to Baltimore. 

The Ravens selected Simon with the 32nd pick of the 4th round, 129th overall, where he'll join a crowded group of backers that includes Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil, and others.

Simon told the Ravens he was ready to get to work, saying "They're just a tough, hard-nosed team and I feel that's how I play the game. I'm just excited to be part of the organization and look forward to getting to practice."

Simon was a popular presence in the locker room at Ohio State for his play on the field and a calm leadership he exhibited. Simon ranks seventh all-time in school history for sacks (20.5) and tackles for loss (43). He finished his four-year career with 50 games played, 37 consecutive starts before a knee injury derailed his finale against Michigan and 154 tackles.

Simon earned defensive player of the year and defensive lineman of the year honors in the Big Ten his senior season. He had 44 tackles, including a Big Ten-best nine sacks for minus-73 yards and 14.5 tackles for loss totaling minus-87 yards.

Simon tied multiple single-game records during his senior year: five tackles for loss versus Nebraska and four sacks against Wisconsin.

“I think everyone knows how highly I think of John Simon,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said in December. “He is absolutely one of the finest young men I have had the privilege to coach. His determination and effort and selfless approach are second to none.

Simon, represented by Mike Perrett, is one of only eight players in program history to be a two-time captain, a quality that could translate well in the NFL. Simon was named a second-team All-American in 2012 and third-team All-American in 2011. A shoulder injury that required surgery in January excluded Simon from the Combine, but in a private workout at Ohio State in March he left scouts impressed, especially when it came to a 4.6 40-yard dash. 


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otrain2416's picture

As happy as I am for him as a Browns fan the last thing I wanna do is play against him 2 times/ year

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

Urbstache's picture

Ha, hate the Ravens and love John Simon. Good luck buddy, thanks for your effort and leadership during your time as a Buckeye.

Urban Warfare

BuckeyeBoyer85's picture

Happy for Johnny, the Ravens are a great organization. It will be interesting to see him pla in Cleveland and Cincy.

Wayne Woodrow Hayes

BuckeyeW's picture

Really wish the AFC North foes would stop selecting Buckeyes.

Squirrel Master's picture

If anything, Simon will bring that fire that Ray Lewis gave that defense. It would be hilarious if he does a dance coming out of the locker. 
but seriously, good luck Simon and I hope he gets a great chance to start, even though I want his team to lose every game!

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

ATLBuckeye09's picture

Baltimore is a great fit for him. With their team culture he will fit in nicely. Way to go Simon! All the best to you in the pros!

Because they wouldn't let me go for 3!
Woody Hayes 1913-1987

tdible2132's picture

This is a GREAT fit for John Simon.  I'm not a fan of the Ravens at all, but I'm happy for him because I think he'll do well there and it's a good fit.  Congrats big John!

osubuck57's picture

Great for Baltimore!!,Bad for Cleveland,Cincy,Pittsburgh!!Congrats John!!


NoVA Buckeye's picture


The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

Grant Edgell's picture

The fact that your response allows me to scroll right 5-6 screens and runs under, through and over whatever it wants on the 11W sidebar deserves an upvote.

Squirrel Master's picture

especially the ! at the end, as if it was necessary! 

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

thirtytrap's picture

In my opinion they got a heck of a deal there!!!!!!!!!!

703Buckeye's picture

There should be a rule prohibiting the Ravens from drafting Buckeyes.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

thedecline19's picture

This was my dream for this draft!
Jersey purchased in 3,2,1...

RBuck's picture

Question: Does Baltimore play a 4-3 or a 3-4? I think Simon would fit better in a 3-4 as an LB.

Long live the southend.

luckynutz's picture

Baltimore is a 3-4 squad. Has been for as long as I can remember.

luckynutz's picture

Baltimore is notorious for these kinds of picks. Guys who are tweeners who will have to make a position switch in the NFL. They get them in the mid rounds, get them coached up, and turn them loose. I know there's a long way to go before we will know how he pans out. But look at baltimores track record with guys like simon. One can say the same for new england, which is where I projected simon to go. Either way, he found a great place to continue his football career. And it makes me sad and happy all at once. Sad because I'm a browns fan, and will no doubt have to endure years of him crushing our qb. And happy because simon is in the perfect situation to become a solid contributor in the nfl.

buckeyechad's picture

Possibly using him to replace Paul Kruger, who I believe was traded recently. Both are about the same size (Kruger has an inch or two and a few pounds on Simon), so Simon will probably be playing OLB for them.

703Buckeye's picture

Kruger signed as a FA with the Browns.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

DannyBeane's picture

God damn it... I mean I'm happy for John and I wish him the best of luck but God Damnit I hate the Ravens.

buckeyenobility's picture

As much as I hate the Ravens, Simon could not have gone to a better team. Baltimore loves those hybrid 3-4 backers that can also play 4-3 end. He will not be a flashy guy but will be good against the run. I could see him being alot like Jarrod Johnson was for Baltimore a few years back

BrewstersMillions's picture

He'll be expected to make an impact on special teams I'm sure. As hard as I've been on Simon's draft status I do think a 4th round pick for him is a really wonderful value pick for Baltimore. Best of luck Johnny!
Annnnnd finally-See? Not a first rounder. Not even close!

bdegroff's picture

great fit for John! There won't be any pressure on him to come in and contribute from day 1. However, if he does, great! He's a steal!
However, I expect him to be able to go learn, adapt, and mold his game behind a very good group of players. I'm pretty sure Harbaugh will take good care of Simon and put him in positions to succeed!

osubuckeye4life's picture

Wow, The Super Bowl champs lose a guy with an insane work ethic, vocal leader, & a ton of heart to retirement and gain a guy with a ridiculous work ethic, vocal leader and a ton of heart. 
If Simon stays healthy we could see multiple pro bowler and Super Bowl winner before his career is over.
I'm ecstatic if I'm a Ravens fan.

Patriot4098's picture

I got nothin'. Certainly not love for Baltimore. This isn't my favorite pick of the day, to say the least, but I'm happy his name was called. Yet another reason to love college football more than the NFL. Good luck to Simon, all the same.

"Evil shenanigans!"     - Mac

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Simon is one of my favorite OSU players!  Man, but to see him get drafted by the Ravens, it couldn't be any worse.  Gook Luck to John Simon, I hope he does well, but the Ravens go on a huge losing streak. 

ArizonaBuckeye's picture

I'm with Nova
Huge John Simon fan but absolutely, with every fiber of my being, hate hate hate the Ravens. Here's to them sucking and Simon becoming a superstar. That way in a few years he's far too expensive to keep, and some team...any team, (preferably the Browns and not the Steelers) signs him. Good luck John!

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you." -Woody Hayes-