Drafted: Pick 33 of the 3rd round by Tampa Bay
Positives: Effective passer with impressive overall accuracy...Shows the consistency of getting the ball to his receivers in the short-to-intermediate areas...Has a quick setup and a smooth overhead release...Gets strong velocity behind his tosses...Makes the deep throws with adequate accuracy and has improved on hitting the receivers in stride...Has a good feel for pressure in the pocket and will step up to absorb punishment while scanning the field to find his alternate targets...Proved at the Senior Bowl that he has the instincts to get the ball into the receiver's hands on deep routes...Has good balance in the pocket...Has improved upon his one-long windup and the results have been better consistency and force behind his throws...Has good pocket awareness and the arm strength to feather his long bombs and fire tight spirals on slants and crossing patterns...Despite a lack of ideal speed, he can make plays with his feet.
Negatives: Forces his throws under pressure...Does not have the same velocity behind his tosses when throwing on the move...Must develop a more take-charge attitude in the huddle...Throws off his back foot at times, and has difficulties setting his feet, squaring his shoulders and delivering the long ball on a consistent basis, but has made strides to correct his mechanics...Despite displaying excellent character and a quiet demeanor, he spent so much time in the media's dog-house, that he may need patient coaching to develop confidence in his hidden talents...Must take a little velocity off his short tosses... Has all the tools, but lacks ideal instincts...Has a nice deep ball, but lacks great arm strength...Shows lower body stiffness, which sometimes causes him to lose a bit of velocity in his throwing motion...Must refine his mechanics, as he has too much of a long throwing stride, a high release point and fails to get the ball to come out on his third or fifth step, which causes him to lose rhythm and force his throws.
A semi-finalist for the Davey O'Brien Award as a senior, the son of former NFL great Phil Simms is about to carry on the family tradition as he embarks on his professional career, but before he left Texas, he erased all doubts that the media had in him with a solid performance in his only year as the team's unquestioned starter...Sharing playing time with Major Applewhite for his first three seasons allowed the strong-armed passer to learn from a great teacher...For his career, he completed 535 of 911 passes (58.7%) for 7097 yards, 58 touchdowns and 31 interceptions while starting 31 of 41 games...Only Apple- white (60, 1998-2001) had more scoring tosses in school history...His 535 completions and 7097 yards rank fourth on the school's all-time record lists...Finished with a 25-6 record as a starter.
All-Big Twelve Conference third-team selection...Semi-finalist for the Davey O'Brien Award, given to the nation's top passer...Completed 235 of 396 passes (59.3%) for 3207 yards, 26 touchdowns and 12 interceptions...Only Major Applewhite (3357 in 1999) threw for more yards in a season for the Longhorns...His 26 touchdowns broke Applewhite's previous Texas season-record of 21 in 1999...Scored four times on 70 carries...Averaged 237.2 yards per game in total offense.
North Texas...Ran for a 1-yard score and hit on 17 of 27 passes for 187 yards and a touch-down.
North Carolina...Found Roy Williams with a 58-yard scoring strike as he connected on 14 of 30 attempts for 298 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Tulane...Added 176 yards and a pair of scores on 17 of 31 tries.
Oklahoma State...Ran for a 1-yard touchdown and threw for 267 yards and a score on 24 of 46 attempts.
Oklahoma...Hit on 12 of 26 passes for 156 yards and a season-high 3 interceptions.
Kansas State...Gained 184 yards on 13 of 24 tosses with a pair of scores, including a 39-yarder to B.J. Johnson.
Iowa State...Followed with 16 of 23 passes for a season-low 141 yards.
Nebraska...Connected with Roy Williams on 2 & 16-yard touchdowns, adding 419 yards on 29 of 47 chances...Joined Major Applewhite as the only players in school history to throw for over 400 yards in a game, breaking Appplewhite's previous record of 408 vs. Oklahoma State in 1998.
Baylor...Had three touchdown passes, including a 73-yarder to Williams as he hit on 18 of 23 attempts (78.3%) for 254 yards.
Texas Tech...Completed 24 of 37 passes for 345 yards and 4 scores, including 10, 19 & 17-yarders to Williams.
Texas A&M...Had 16 of 24 throws for 278 yards and 3 touchdowns with a
long of 44 yards to Johnson.
Louisiana State (Cotton Bowl)...Closed out his career with 15 of 28 tosses for 269 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a 51-yarder to Williams.
Took over starting duties from Major Applewhite, completing 214 of 362 passes (59.1%) for 2603 yards, 22 touchdowns and 11 interceptions...Carried 52 times, scoring six touch- downs and averaged 216.1 yards per game in total offense.
New Mexico State...Opened the season with 17 of 33 passes for 182 yards and a pair of scores.
North Carolina...Connected on 17 of 35 tries for 167 yards and ran for a 1-yard score.
Houston...Threw for 311 yards and 3 touchdowns, including a 92-yarder to B.J. Johnson on 20 of 35 tosses...His 92-yarder was the fourth-longest pass completion in school history.
Texas Tech...Scored twice on a pair of 1-yard runs and completed his first ten passes as he gained 224 yards with a score on 21 of 26 attempts.
Oklahoma State... Completed 18 of 30 passes for 235 yards and 5 touchdowns and ran for a 1-yard score...His five touchdown tosses tied the school game-record, first set by James Brown vs. Baylor in 1994.
Colorado...Followed with 17 of 28 chances for 234 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Missouri...Ran for a 1-yard score and connected on 24 of 30 passes for 229 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Baylor...Had a 1-yard scoring run and 15 of 29 throws for 271 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Kansas...Successful on 16 of 24 passes for 284 yards and 2 touchdowns, including a 68-yarder to Roy Williams.
Colorado (Big Twelve Championship)...Pulled from the game after tossing 3 interceptions, finishing with 9 of 17 passes for 130 yards.
Washington (Holiday Bowl)...Did not play (coach's decision).
Appeared in ten games, starting five contests...Completed 67 of 117 passes (57.3%) for 1064 yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions...Averaged 101.6 yards per gamein total offense.
Louisiana-Lafayette...Came off the bench to hit on 7 of 14 passes for 88 yards and a score in the season opener.
Houston...Added 113 yards and a touchdown on 11 of 23 chances.
Kansas...Connected on 10 of 18 tosses for 240 yards and 2 touchdowns, including a 65-yarder to Roy Williams.
Texas A&M...Named Big Twelve Player of the Week after hitting on 16 of 24 throws for 383 yards and 3 touchdowns with a long of 70 yards to B.J. Johnson.
Oregon (Holiday Bowl)...Hit on 17 of 33 passes for 245 yards, but threw four interceptions.
Played in six games, starting vs. Texas A&M...Finished with 19 of 36 passes (52.8%) for 223 yards, two touchdowns and an interception...Connected on 10 of 21 throws for 130 yards vs. Texas A&M...Hit on 9 of 18 attempts for 91 yards vs. Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl.
No injuries listed.
Campus Agility Tests
5.1 in the 40-yard dash.
COMBINE AGILITY TESTS
ARM HAND TEST 40 20 10 225 VJ BJ SHUTTLE CONE
32 3/4 10 1/2 22 4.84 2.83 1.69 31 8'7" 4.21 7.38
Attended Ramapo (N.J.) High, playing for coach Mike Miello...USA Today National Offensive Player of the Year and consensus first-team All-American in 1998...One of only three players to earn Heisman High School all-star team honors twice in a career...Two-time All-State pick who was the only player in school history to play in every game during a four-year career...Gatorade Circle of Champions New Jersey Player of the Year in 1998... Completed 381 of 640 passes for 7055 yards, 63 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 39 career games...Gained 2239 yards with 18 scores on 106 of 185 passes as a senior...Also lettered in basketball.
Liberal Arts major...Son of CBS Sports football commentator Phil Simms, the New York Giants' leading passer (33,462 yards, 199 touchdowns, 1979-93)...Born Christopher David Simms on 8/29/80...Resides in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.
YEAR ATT COMP PCT YARDS TD YD/ATT YD/CMP INT I/PCT LG GM/AVG