Name: Shane Simpson
School: University of Virginia
Q: In your final collegiate season, what goals did you accomplish this fall or set for this upcoming spring?
Stay healthy, show that there’s no red flags and no loss step from the injury, earn a starting spot and take full advantage of each opportunity and I hit every goal in my eyes.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
Coaches and teammates would say very competitive guy, quick fast explosive player, and willing to do anything for the team to win.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on to improve your game?
I try to find the tendencies at each level of the defense. Starting from the DL, Linebackers, DBs. To see if they’re an odd or even team, do they blitz a lot, if they do what’s their favorite and how frequent, see their stances and if they change it gives a clue that’s something is up.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
I would have to say what separates me from other pro prospects would be my versatility. I can play RB, I can catch out the backfield, can play receiver/motion me out the backfield, kick returner and punt returner. I feel like I’m the most versatile back in this draft.
Q: What is your plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities, especially with the virus limiting pro days/training facilities/etc?
Training at TEST in New Jersey until the end of February, then going to Florida for a few weeks before heading back to Charlottesville for pro day.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
Leadership qualities, never going to miss anything and be on time (early to meetings/practice), versatility to play multiple positions, and adversity I went through to get there. I’m putting my all each and everyday because I love the game.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL/CFL or any other professional leagues?
Getting a guy who loves the game and can use my versatility anywhere on the field and create different packages and mismatches on the field. Wants to play special teams and anything to help the organization win games.