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Chris Simms takes an unfiltered look at the NFL, featuring player access, unabashed opinion, X&O film breakdown, and stories from a life in and around football.

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May 5, 2021 86 min

With the draft in the books, Chris makes some predictions about the 2021 rookies, and we get Big Phil's take on the weekend's events. Then Paul grabs some questions from the mailbag.

(4:15) 2021 Rookie Predictions, Offense: Who will be this year's Justin Herbert? Jonathan Taylor? Justin Jefferson?

(22:15) Big Phil: How much will Trey Lance play this season? How will Mac Jones let the Patriots go back to their strength? Wh...

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Simms responds to all the narratives about the 49ers drafting Trey Lance over Mac Jones, and then gives us the 2021 Draft picks he loved and questioned. But first, Ahmed regales us with tales from the Kentucky Derby and then introduces Odafe (formerly Jayson) Oweh.

(3:45) Bust The Narrative: 49ers Draft Trey Lance - Did Chris plant the Mac Jones rumor as a smokescreen for Kyle Shanahan? Was Lance San Francisco's target all along...

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April 30, 2021 99 min

Simms & Florio recap Round 1 of the NFL Draft

(4:00) The 49ers pull a shocker going with Trey Lance

(16:00) The Bears get aggressive with a trade-up to snag Justin Fields

(23:45) Mac Jones falls to Bill Belichick and the Patriots

(30:30) Is the Aaron Rodgers era in Green Bay over?

(52:30) 2 RBs in the 1st round? The Steelers grab Najee Harris and the Jaguars pick Travis Etienne

(57:30) Peter King joins from Atlanta to talk about the ...

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On the last podcast before the draft, Chris and Paul talk sleepers, QB skill rankings, and take some of your questions. And after, stick around for Chris' interview with North Dakota State QB Trey Lance.

(7:10) Simms Mock Draft revisited - Chris elaborates more on why he had Justin Fields at #32, and names the pick he wants to happen the most

(19:05) Robin Hood: Draft Sleepers - Simms stumps for less-heralded prospects like Dyami...

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April 26, 2021 101 min

The long-awaited Simms 2021 Mock Draft is here! Chris predicts what every team will do in Round 1, highlighted by a surprising fall for Justin Fields.

(7:00) Big Board: Chris flips Trey Lance and Justin Fields in his final draft rankings.

(13:00) #1 Jaguars - QB Trevor Lawrence

(15:20) #2 Jets - QB Zach Wilson

(16:30) #3 49ers - QB Mac Jones

(18:20) #4 Falcons - TE Kyle Pitts

(21:10) #5 Bengals - WR Ja'Marr Chase

(23:50) #6 Dolphins -...

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Ohhh baby. With his Draft rankings in the rearview, Simms talks to a trio of his favorite prospects with Draft Day a week away.

(1:40) Texas A&M QB Kellen Mond on why he deserves to be a first-round pick, why he chose to do the 'Zach Wilson Throw' at his Pro Day, and how he self-scouted himself across 4 years with the Aggies.

(42:15) Virginia Tech CB Caleb Farley on why teams should take a risk on him, how he talks trash,...

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April 20, 2021 93 min

Chris is extra excited today for some reason. He and Ahmed answer some questions, welcome back Big Phil to the pod, and then reveal Chris' last draft position rankings: Tight Ends.

(5:05) Bengals re-brand (sort of) - The Uniform Police react to Cincy's new threads

(8:50) #AskMeAnything - Should Justin Fields and Trey Lance start right away? Would you rather have Mac Jones at #3 or Kellen Mond at #12? Is Davis Mills a good dra...

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April 15, 2021 92 min

Chris reveals his draft LB rankings, and then he and Ahmed reach into the mailbag.

(3:15) LB Scouting Process - Would you rather have a coverage LB or a run thumper? What happened to Isaiah Simmons and Patrick Queen last year? And Chris predicts some 2nd year leaps for the 2020 LB class.

(15:30) LB #5 Nick Bolton (Missouri) - How does he compare to Steelers LB Devin Bush?

(20:30) LB #4 Jabril Cox (LSU) - How does he compare to other r...

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April 12, 2021 90 min

Chris reveals his Draft rankings for the controversial RB position, and he and Paul take a few more of your draft questions.

(1:40) RB Scouting Process - Would Chris draft an RB in Round 1 anymore? How would Chris re-rank last year's RB class?

(12:00) RB #5 Javonte Williams (North Carolina) - "A ball of power."

(18:35) RB #4 Najee Harris (Alabama) - "He's a tough eval for me. I don't think he's a slam dunk ...

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April 8, 2021 85 min

Chris and Paul reminisce about football movies and Warren Sapp stories before they take some questions and reveal the Simms 2021 Draft DT Rankings.

(9:40) #AskMeAnything - Does Jaelen Phillips' concussion history worry Chris? How does Kwity Paye compare to Rashan Gary? Did Jaycee Horn's 40 impressive Simms? Should the Pats pounce on Kellen Mond?

(23:45) DT Scouting Process - Is Simms looking for power or speed from his DTs?

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April 6, 2021 97 min

Chris and Ahmed react to the Sam Darnold trade and take some QB draft questions before they dive into Simms' OL rankings.

(4:20) Sam Darnold trade - Can the Panthers make the playoffs with him? What positions should Carolina target in the draft? Did the Jets get enough for him?

(16:10) QB Questions - Did Chris see enough tape of Zach Wilson under pressure? How risky a pick is Justin Fields? Does Mac Jones have more upside than we...

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April 1, 2021 90 min

Simms reveals his chocolate pretzel hot taeks to Paul before he gives his Pro Day thoughts and Edge Draft Rankings.

(4:20) Pro Day reactions - Mac Jones let it go, Justin Fields shows better mechanics, and is Kellen Mond a good fit for the Steelers or Patriots? And would Simms rather have Justin Herbert or Zach Wilson?

(29:30) EDGE Scouting Process - What does Chris look for? What did he learn from last year? How does the 2021 class ...

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Chris is excited for another episode where of revealing all of the secrets Kyle Shanahan has told him. And he and Ahmed take all of your questions on the big trade for the 49ers and how to react to Zach Wilson's Pro Day.

(4:20) 49ers trade up to #3 - Did San Francisco really have to move up so high? Chris doubles down on Mac Jones. Do the 49ers have to trade Jimmy Garoppolo?

(25:40) Justin Fields & Trey Lance - Why doesn'...

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March 24, 2021 95 min

Simms laments his busted March Madness bracket before he and Paul hit the top cornerbacks and safeties in the 2021 Draft.

(5:05) WR Rankings reactions - Chris takes a couple of questions about Rashod Bateman and Rondale Moore

(8:20) CB scouting process: Chris reflects on what he learned from his 2020 ranks and what he's looking for when he watches CBs.

(13:50) CB #6 Marco Wilson (Florida) - "Smooth, good hips, but a little lac...

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March 22, 2021 89 min

Ahmed makes his long-awaited return, and Chris reveals his 2021 Draft WR rankings, where his Big 3 is a little different from others you might see.

(3:00) Chris explains his process for scouting WRs and looks back at what he learned from last year

(12:20) WR #6 Terrace Marshall Jr (LSU) - "aka Justin Jefferson Jr"

(20:50) WR #5 Kadarius Toney (Florida) - "He and Ja'Marr Chase are the most dangerous with the ball in the...

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Chris gives all his analysis on the second wave of free agency, including Andy Dalton to the Bears and what teams are still hunting in the depressed WR market.

(3:30) Quarterbacks: What's the best fit for Mitch Trubisky? Would anyone trade for Deshaun Watson right now? And what about Cam Newton's bad mechanics last year?

(22:30) Wide Receivers: Curtis Samuel is putting Washington in the leaderhouse in the NFC East. Chris hasn...

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March 16, 2021 71 min

Tampering Day 1 is Free Agency Day 1, so Chris gives his take on all the big news, right after Paulie B explains an old college photo with some chihuahuas.

(4:55) Patriots spending spree: Jonnu Smith AND Hunter Henry? Would Chris rather have Nelson Agholor & Kendrick Bourne or Kenny Golladay? Was there any Belichick move that Simms didn't like? 

(24:40) Buccaneers: How did they keep Shaq Barrett & Rob Gronkowski? Why shou...

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March 10, 2021 104 min

It's a special podcast for a special day, as Paulie Burmeister turns 50! What better way to celebrate than hitting every big name in a free agency mega-preview. Who deserves to get paid? Who's fool's gold? Also Big Phil joins to talk about Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson.

(5:00) Wide Receivers: Why didn't the Lions tag Kenny Golladay? Chris would love to see Curtis Samuel to the Jets and T.Y. Hilton to the Packers. A...

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March 8, 2021 76 min

On the heels of releasing his 2021 Draft QB Rankings, Chris answers questions from the homies about his Top 6 passers and others who didn't make the cut.

(6:10) Zach Wilson: Should we be concerned about his weak schedule? His shoulder injury? If Chris were the Jaguars GM, would he draft him #1 overall? And should the Jets draft Wilson or trade for Deshaun Watson?

(20:45) Trevor Lawrence: Does he remind Chris of Andrew Luck?

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March 3, 2021 84 min

The much awaited debut of the Simms 2021 Draft QB Rankings are here. Chris reveals his Top 6 QBs of the 2021 class, and as always he is not swayed by the consensus opinions.

(5:15) Freezing Cold Tweets - Before revealing the list, let's remember the (wrong) ridicule of years past

(9:45) QB #1 Zach Wilson (BYU) - "He's got the best arm in the draft. He's clearly #1 for me. Clearly."

(24:00) QB #2 Trevor Lawrence (Cl...

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