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Chris Simms

SELECTED BY NEW YORK , ROUND 4, PICK 1, OVERALL PICK 97
QB | (6-4, 220, 4.82) | Texas
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: High school All-American and USA Today Offensive Player of the Year. Also played basketball. Son of former Giants QB Phil Simms but, unlike his father, throws left-handed. Originally signed with Tennessee to replace Peyton Manning but shifted gears and went to Texas. Played as a freshman and started once. Started five games and the Holiday Bowl in 2000 and the first 12 games in '01. Would have entered the '02 draft had he not been benched in the finale of his junior season. Completed 19-of-26 passes for 223 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in '99. Completed 67-117-1,064-8-7 in 2000; and 214-362-2,603-22-11 in '01. Started all 13 games in '02 and completed 235-396-3,207-26-12 and was a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien Award for the second consecutive year. Also named third-team All-Big 12 by the coaches.

Positives: Good size, work ethic and character. Has a good setup, touch and accuracy on short-to-medium throws. Smart with pocket awareness. Good on play-action fakes and the bootleg. Can make some throws on the run and find the No. 2 receiver. Has short accuracy and a better-than-good arm. Hard-working. Has been overhyped throughout his career and faced unrealistic expectations, yet has handled it very maturely. Has average mobility and is a student of the game.

Negatives: Streaky, erratic and has tunnel vision. Locks on to one receiver, lacks judgment and presses in big games, when he forces balls. Does not have a great arm and measures a lot of throws. Lacks speed and has average athletic ability. Has an inconsistent delivery point. Has little scrambling ability or elusiveness. Does not anticipate receivers well on crossing routes. Has had an up-and-down career. Throws late and behind receivers too often, but because he played with great wideouts, his completion percentage is misleading. Is more like former USC and Browns QB Paul McDonald than his father. Has an inconsistent delivery ranging from three-quarters to sidearm. Lacks great intuitiveness. Gets in trouble when he tries to force the ball into cracks. Overrates his arm and accuracy. Lacks great timing. Can improve his decision-making.

Summary: Simms has many NFL tools, but his decision-making and performance under pressure have to improve for him to realize his potential. Does not have his father's talent, but has a stronger arm and could be a better pro quarterback than he was at Texas.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.