PLAYER PROFILE: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State

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There is plenty to concerned about with second-team All-American Jeffery Simmons, but whichever team drafts him will likely be getting value. Simmons tore his ACL in February during a workout, likely taking him away from any meaningful role in 2019. He also was caught on video striking a woman before college, an incident that led to him being banned from the NFL Combine, injury or not. On the field, Simmons was a force in the run game with 30 tackles for loss over the last two seasons – seven of those were sacks. He became a second-team All-American and first-team All-Conference thanks to his junior season, where he was a perfect complement to Montez Sweat. Simmons should succeed if he avoids any further missteps.

Size

6-4, 301 pounds

Combine notables

DNP

What the analysts say

“Impressive physical specimen offering rare combination of strength and athleticism for future dominance in a variety of defensive schemes. Simmons involvement in a fight between two women in 2016 will surely be a cause for concern, but his avoidance of trouble while at college should help his cause. His on-field issues are self-created and largely due to a lack of instincts, but the physical tools and immense upside outweigh those concerns.” – Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

“While Simmons may never be the point-of-attack monster that others in the class are, he’s still more than capable in that area while providing outstanding penetration ability. Mississippi State often had him playing from a square stance as an undersized nose tackle, which increased the amount of double teams he saw and didn’t give him many opportunities to fire gaps. In the NFL, Simmons will undoubtedly play more in the B-gap to get upfield and wreak havoc, while seeing far more 1v1 opportunities as a rusher.” – Jon Ledyard, The Draft Network

What PFF says

-4th in run-stop percentage (11.4 percent)
-18th in pass-rush productivity
-34th in snaps per outside pressure allowed

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