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Jaylin Simpson 2024 NFL Draft: Combine Results, Scouting Report For Indianapolis Colts Safety

Auburn Tigers defensive back Jaylin Simpson (36) celebrates his interception as Auburn Tigers take on Georgia Bulldogs at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023.

The 2024 NFL Draft is getting close, making it an excellent time to highlight some of the class' best players with scouting reports. Each report will include strengths, weaknesses and background information. 

Here's our report on Jaylin Simpson.

Jaylin Simpson's 2024 NFL Combine Results

  • Height: 6-foot
  • Weight: 179
  • 40-yard dash: 4.45
  • 10-yard split: 1.51
  • Vertical jump: 39.5"
  • Broad jump: 11'1"

Jaylin Simpson 2024 NFL Draft Scouting Report


  • Versatile defender who played cornerback and safety at Auburn with a good combo of size and length.
  • Rangy defender with good sideline-to-sideline speed when in pursuit from his deep alignment (gets to ball).
  • Likes to get hands on WRs from pressed alignment to disrupt their release and timing – aggressive press CB.
  • Excels when he can stay on top of WR and be reactive – most comfortable as off CB and playing downhill.
  • Good turn and run ability with the speed to run vertically down the field from pressed alignment.
  • Solid plant-and-drive ability as off CB or deep safety to drive on short to intermediate in-breaking routes.
  • Very good lurk/robber defender who reads route concepts in the middle of field well and aggressively drives on the ball.


  • He loses vision of the quarterback in reference to routes, which causes his timing and ability to play the ball to be off.
  • Bad tendency to drop his head as a tackler in the open field and leave his feet to lunge at ball carrier legs.
  • Struggled to break down and stop when running vertically downfield in coverage, affecting COD (tight hips)
  • Upright, high backpedal, affecting his ability to drop his hips and redirect when changing direction laterally.
  • Lacking the wanted ball skills on deep passes. He doesn’t get his head around and play the ball (blind spot).

Mar 1, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Auburn defensive back Jaylin Simpson (DB62) works out during the 2024 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Transition

Simpson started at CB for a couple of seasons and then moved to safety full-time for Auburn in 2023, showing good versatility to play in a variety of schemes. He is most comfortable from off-alignment as a CB, where he can keep things in front of him and be a reactive player in man and zone concepts.

He lacks the wanted lateral quickness due to his upright, high playing style. That affects his ability to transition out of breaks to stay with shifty receivers in coverage, especially when aligned as CB on outside or in the slot. As a safety, Simpson plays with good vision and instincts to anticipate route concepts and position himself to make plays on the ball. He is a good downhill player from deep safety; he made a great play on a batted ball, leading to an INT vs. LSU on a dig route run by Malik Nabers.

Overall, Simpson is an intriguing prospect because of his experience playing corner and safety. He was also a solid contributor on special teams. Simpson is best suited to play safety because of his size/length and athleticism to cover ground in coverage and match up against receivers and TEs in certain schemes.

His off-ball coverage instincts correlate to him being a possible sub-package (big nickel) contributor and backup safety. He should be a good special teams player in Year 1, providing good versatility and depth for an NFL team.

Other Notes

Simpson came out of Brunswick, GA as a four-star recruit and was ranked as the 35th best corner in the nation. He played for Auburn during the last five seasons and started the last three years, playing in 45 games from corner and safety. He had some snaps aligned in the slot, too. Simpson finished his career with 116 total tackles, four TFLs, seven INTs and 14 PBUs. In 2022, he was 21st in the nation with 11 PBUs.

In 2022, Simpson had 322 coverage snaps, during which he was targeted on 47 pass attempts, allowing eight completions for 269 yards and one touchdown. Simpson played from press alignment on 94 of his 366 coverage snaps (more than 25 percent of his snaps). Simpson and Auburn’s defense played slightly more zone concepts than man (59 percent zone and 41 percent man).

In 2023, Simpson had 326 coverage snaps, during which he was targeted on 17 pass attempts, allowing eight completions for 86 yards and zero touchdowns while having two INTs and four PBUs. Again, Simpson played slightly more zone concepts than man (58 percent zone and 42 percent man).