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With the no. 8 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Cardinals selected LB Isaiah Simmons out of Clemson. Simmons was the first linebacker selected in the 2020 draft and one of five defenders taken in the top-10. In just his second season as a linebacker at Clemson, after switching from safety, Simmons earned unanimous first-team All-American honors and was named the Butkus Award winner as the nation's top linebacker. As a senior in high school in 2015, Simmons was named first-team All-State in both offense and defense, despite it being his first season playing offense. In 2019, Simmons became the first FBS player since Buffalo's Khalil Mack (2013) to record at least 100 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 8.0 sacks and multiple INTs in a season. Simmons graduated in December with a degree in Sports Communications, earning his degree on the same day he was named just the sixth unanimous All-American in Clemson history. At the 2020 NFL Combine, Simmons ran a 4.39 40-yard dash, tied for the seventh-best total among all prospects at any position. Simmons played the penultimate game of his college career at State Farm Stadium in the Fiesta Bowl win over Ohio State on December 28, 2019.
Flight Plan Episode 3.0 - 'Drafting Away'
From the first meeting with the Cardinals in Indianapolis, to the call that changed the course of his young life, see how Isaiah Simmons became a Cardinal. On episode 3 of Cardinals Flight Plan, "Drafting Away" we provide exclusive access to the most unique Draft in NFL history.