Mississippi State’s Jeffery Simmons is one of the more challenging prospects in this class to project. Simmons was not invited to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine because of 2016 incident from which he would later pleaded no contest to a simple assault charge.
Scouts were anticipating Simmons’ workout at Mississippi State’s Pro Day on May 27th. However, due to an ACL injury in Florida earlier in May, he was unable to participate in drills.
These setbacks haven’t stopped teams from wanting to see more of Simmons. He has a full-schedule of team visits between now and mid-April.
2019 NFL DRAFT: JEFFERY SIMMONS | DT | MISSISSIPPI STATE
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 305 | Class: Junior | 40 time: x.xx
Simmons is a former 5-star recruit – considered the nation’s No. 10 overall player and No. 2 defensive end by Scout.com. In 2016, he earn Freshman All-SEC honors. In 2017 and 2018, he joined Montez Sweat on the SEC Coaches and Associated Press All-SEC First Team.
Simmons has eye popping quickness. He is strong enough to hold up to any double team. His tape shows good that he is good at disengaging from opponents with a quick and heavy handed rip move. He hustles to the ball, keeping his eyes up.
Simmons is a workout warrior. He’s ripped. He can bench 450 pounds and squat 600 pounds. Even with a ridiculously long wingspan, he benched 225 pound 28 times at Pro Day – the only activity he was able to participate in, besides interviews (see below).
In his three years at Mississippi State, Simmons played in 38 games. He had 163 total tackles; 58 solo; and 105 assists. He had 33 tackles-for-loss and seven sacks. He also had seven passed defended, two forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, and one touchdown.
He has worked hard to rehabilitate his reputation, and has been recognized for his community service is Mississippi. His head coach and teammates (notably Montez Sweat) have only positive things to say about the man they’ve known for the past three years.
Players with Simmons physical assets won’t stay on the board long. He might not go in the top 15, maybe not in the first round – now that he has the ACL issue. But some team will snatch him up and consider him an investment in the future.
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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.