Jeffery Simmons Age, Height and Weight
Player: Jeffery Simmons
Position: Defensive Tackle
College: Mississippi State Bulldogs
Jeffery Simmons Stats
Simmons was a three-year starter at Mississippi State, appearing in 38 games overall during his tenure in Starkville. Simmons' level of performance showed consistent increases across the statistical board between each of his three collegiate seasons in solo tackles (59), assisted tackles (104), total tackles (163) and tackles for a loss (32.5).
The 300-plus-pound defensive tackle did see a slight regression in sacks between his sophomore and junior seasons, going from five to two. However, Simmon logged a career-high four pass deflections in his last season, which is more than his previous two seasons combined (three).
Simmons' athleticism is, perhaps, the most unique at his position in this year's entire draft class. Nothing attests to this ability more than the fact that Mississippi State allowed the 310-pound Simmons to field multiple punt returns in his sophomore season. Simmons even returned one for a touchdown in the 2017-18 season, averaging 18.5 yards per return on the year.
From @mortreport and me: Mississippi St. DT Jeffery Simmons, projected to be a top 15-pick in April, suffered a knee injury during training that is thought to be a torn ACL, per league sources. A statement to offer clarity on Simmons' injury is expected to be released today.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 12, 2019
Unfortunately for Simmons, his 2019 NFL Draft stock took a blow on Feb. 12, 2019, when he suffered a knee injury and potentially torn ACL during a training session for this year's upcoming draft. This leaves his impending draft positioning uncertain given the unknowns that come with knee injuries and how teams view them.
Jeffery Simmons Highlights
Jeffery Simmons NFL Draft Projection
Before Feb. 12 Injury: 1st Round: No. 10-20 Overall
After Feb. 12 Injury: 2nd-3rd Round
Jeffery Simmons NFL Mock Draft Prediction
Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants
Prior to his recent knee injury, Simmons coming off the board in the first round with the No. 14 overall pick seemed like a perfect fit for the Atlanta Falcons, who need an immediate impact player on the defensive line. However, after this injury, we could see Simmons go early in the second round to a team like the New York Giants (No. 37 pick), who are in need of defensive line players, but with much less urgency as a franchise in the rebuilding process. Whoever picks him will have to wait for him to play as recovery from ACL tears takes at least six months.
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