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Troy Smith Arrested for OVI: Latest Details on Former Ohio State QB

Former Ohio State and NFL quarterback Troy Smith was arrested and charged with "improper display of license tags, OVI and possession of marijuana" early Sunday morning, according to 10TV.com.

Smith tested .143 after being pulled over by police. According to Cpl. Greg Franey of the Westerville Division of Police, the 31-year-old was pulled over on S. State Street at 2:38 a.m., per the Columbus Dispatch.

The 2006 Heisman Trophy winner last appeared in an NFL game in 2010 with the San Francisco 49ers. He began his NFL career as a backup for the Baltimore Ravens before stints with the Niners and Pittsburgh Steelers.

He compiled 1,734 passing yards, eight passing touchdowns, five interceptions, 230 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns in 20 NFL games, completing 51.7 percent of his passes.

Smith also spent time with the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL in 2011 and the Montreal Alouettes in 2013 and 2014. His excellent college career ended after he led the Buckeyes to the 2007 BCS Championship Game, where they lost to the Florida Gators, 41-14.

Smith is currently a free agent.

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Why Boston College FS Justin Simmons Could Be Huge Draft Steal

We're nearing the end of the NFL draft evaluation process, and the majority of the elite prospects have been analyzed from every angle over the past 12 months. 

But inevitably, late risers emerge, such as Boston College Eagles safety Justin Simmons. 

Understandably, many fans are skeptical of these so-called late risers. After all, Simmons hasn't set foot on the field since November, so what could he possibly have done to go from off-the-radar prospect to one of the hottest names in the draft?

Simmons will inevitably be labeled a workout warrior thanks to his impressive NFL combine numbers, but his rise is a result of far more than his numbers in Indianapolis. 

Every year a handful of players put on a combine performance that forces evaluators to go back and give a prospect who may not have been a priority a more serious look.

This was exactly my experience with Simmons this season.

Having not watched much Boston College football during the year, Simmons never made his way into my notes during the season. He was a former cornerback converting to safety, so he didn't enter the season with any significant draft buzz to make him a prospect worth seeking out during the year. But his combine performance forced many evaluators, myself included, to go back and give him a serious assessment—and the results were impressive. 

To appreciate Simmons' potential value in the NFL, it helps to have an understanding of the role safeties play in different defensive schemes. 

On a very basic level, regardless of scheme, the free safety is generally the deepest defensive back on the field, responsible for covering the most ground in the deep secondary. The strong safety tends to play more man coverage and act as the eighth defender in the box in certain alignments.

Simmons is capable of playing the free safety role in any scheme, but his highest value is specific to the Cover 1, which has become the predominant base coverage for most NFL teams. 

Every team mixes up their looks throughout the game to confuse the quarterback, but the Cover 1 scheme heavily relies on a single-high safety (the free safety). 

To provide an example, we'll use the Detroit Lions due to their apparent interest in Simmons. According to Bleacher Report's Matt Miller, the Lions have met with Simmons three times this offseason. 

This particular play starts out with a Cover 1 look with Glover Quin operating as the free safety, while Isa Abdul-Quddus is the strong safety in the box. 

As the play unfolds, Quin drops back and becomes responsible for providing protection in the shaded region of the image below, which features two Oakland Raiders receivers on this particular play. 

As the free safety, Quin is arguably the most important defender on the field in this situation. His ability to read the quarterback and get to either receiver in time to contest the reception is critical to the success of this defense. 

Ultimately, quarterback Derek Carr checked down to an underneath receiver on this play, potentially due to Quin's positioning on the field, threatening both receivers in his area. 

In a Cover 1 defense, the free safety's ability to provide help over the top allows cornerbacks to play more aggressively near the line of scrimmage. Typically cornerbacks are instructed to try to force receivers to the middle of field, which complicates the read for the quarterback and leads to more turnovers. But none of that is possible without a reliable rangy free safety as protection. 

Simmons played a variety of roles in the Boston College defense, but the single-high free safety was one of his primary responsibilities in 2015. 

Here's a look at his positioning as a Cover 1 free safety on a 1st-and-10 play against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish:

As the deep safety, Simmons' range and ability to read the quarterback is what sets him apart. 

These skills were on display throughout his game against Notre Dame—NFL Network's Mike Mayock is among those who have praised his performance against the Irish—but his rage showed up at an elite level on this interception in particular:

The range Simmons shows on this play is obvious, but his ability to quickly read and react to the quarterback is really what sets up this play. Plenty of defensive backs have the ability to cover the ground Simmons does on this interception, but his quick reaction to the quarterback's decision is a skill that sets him apart from other free safety prospects in this draft class. 

Simmons also showed off his playmaking ability with an interception off the Clemson Tigers' Deshaun Watson. Once again, Boston College shows a Cover 1 look with Simmons as the single-high free safety. As Watson drops back, he appears to underestimate Simmons' range, as he cuts in front of the Clemson receiver for the interception.

In addition to his range in coverage, Simmons shows off an impressive closing ability in the run game. His athleticism gives him the ability to cover ground, but it's his quick reaction to the developing play that allows him to reach another level with his playmaking ability. 

While free safeties are most valuable for their skills in coverage, the ability to step up against the run is also a critical skill in the Cover 1. 

The Cover 1 allows for teams to stack the box, but it also puts them at risk of allowing longer run plays. If the linebackers get sealed off or drawn out of position by misdirection, a crease can open up for the running back, which forces the free safety to essentially become the last line of defense.

This scenario plays out against against Notre Dame, with Simmons as the free safety in Cover 1. Fortunately for Boston College, Simmons quickly diagnoses the play and the running lane he needs to step into, then he closes the gap with impressive speed and makes a strong wrap-up tackle. 

Simmons' ability to break down in space makes him an elite open-field tackler. He's capable of making these plays charging in from his deep safety position against the run and also makes many similar plays on quick-strike passing plays underneath. 

In terms of his NFL draft stock, Simmons' place on draft boards likely falls in a wide range depending on the role teams see for him in the NFL. 

While this evaluation has been focused on Simmons' value as a free safety in Cover 1, it's also worth noting his prowess against the run and his man coverage skills from his days as a cornerback could lead some teams to view him as an option at strong safety. 

Teams that view Simmons as a free safety in Cover 1 could potentially justify him as a first-round selection based on his range, reaction skills and the value of the position in a Cover 1 defense. However, teams evaluating him as strong safety may have concerns about his size limiting him lining up in the box and may have a much lower grade. 

As a result, Simmons' place on draft day will be determined by whether a team falls in love with his skill set and sees an immediate starting role. If a team does view Simmons as an instant-impact rookie, the late first round is a reasonable landing spot.

Regardless of when Simmons comes of the board, if he finds himself in the right system, he has all the tools necessary to carve out a long career in the NFL.

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Jim Harbaugh Sings the National Anthem on Stage at a Lil Dicky Concert

There are few things more American than Jim Harbaugh singing the national anthem at a rap concert.

The Michigan Wolverines football coach hopped on stage with Lil Dicky for the hip-hop artist's stop at Hill Auditorium on the Ann Arbor campus Saturday and belted out "The Star Spangled Banner."

As it turns out, Lil Khaki has some serious pipes.


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