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Sam Simmons

SELECTED BY HOUSTON , ROUND 6, PICK 5, OVERALL PICK 170
WR | (0-0, 197) | Northwestern
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Married and has two children. High school All-American from Kansas and State Player of the Year according to USA Today. Made an impact as a freshman in '98, playing in every game and ranking eighth in the nation in kickoff returns with a 27.6-yard average (22 returns for 607 yards and no scores). Also carried the ball 31 times for 124 yards and one touchdown and had five catches for 132 yards and one TD. In '99, caught 12-261-1, carried 12-65-0 and returned five kickoffs for 131 yard and 11 punts for 169 yards and one TD before a broken collarbone but him on the shelf after seven games. In 2000, caught 35-474-5, when he also returned nine kickoffs for 198 yards and 12 punts for 172 yards. Also rushed 5-47-0. Missed the Purdue game with a stress fracture in his back. Played in every game and started all but one in '01. Had a team-best 50 catches for 807-7 and returned 15 punts for 162 yards and one TD.

Positives: Good athlete with quick feet. Can return kickoffs and punts. Stockier than most receivers and has good balance and body control. Versatile. Can be used as a receiver, returner or third-down back. Can be tough to defend against when he lines up in the slot. Is quick, shifty and nifty.

Negatives: Lacks height and top-end speed. Can be run down from behind. Average route-runner. Can be inconsistent catching the ball at times, and some of his drops come because he looks to run before he secures the ball. Has had some injury problems.

Summary: If he stays healthy, he could make it as a slot receiver and return man or even as a third-down back and return man.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.