Jeffery Simmons

Mississippi State

Prospect Info

Mississippi State
6' 4"
301 lbs
34 1/2”
10 1/4”

Prospect Grade

Chance to Become Pro Bowl-Caliber Player
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

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Round 1 ‧ Pick 19
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Simmons did not make a good impression after signing on to play at Mississippi State. He was arrested for his part in a March 2016 fight, and a video of him repeatedly punching a woman made him a nationwide target for those wondering why colleges allow the enrollment and athletic participation of players with violent histories. He was found guilty of malicious mischief and pled no contest to simple assault, paying fines and restitution for the woman's medical bills. During his time in Starkville, however, he has had no incidents. He won the team's Newsom Award in the spring of 2018 for his work on the field, in the classroom and in the community. Simmons was a five-star recruit after helping Noxubee County High School win back-to-back Mississippi state titles his junior and senior seasons. He started 3 of 12 games played as a true freshman (40 tackles, 3.5 for loss), suspended only for the opener for his off-field incident. SEC coaches named him to their All-Freshman team. The following year, he was named first-team All-SEC after making 60 stops, 12 for loss, and five sacks for the Bulldogs. Simmons started all 13 games as a junior, again being voted first-team all-conference as well as an Associated Press third-team All-American. He started all 13 games in 2018, leading his team with 17 tackles for loss (including two sacks) among his 63 total stops.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 1
NFL Comparison
Ndamukong Suh
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. Simmons has All-Pro potential and should become an early starter and star.
  • Looks the part off the bus with athletic, chiseled frame
  • Rare combination of power and movement traits
  • Played every alignment and shade along the interior
  • Quick-twitch snap reaction
  • Plays under opponents' pads with a powerful, well-placed punch
  • Impressive core strength and body control
  • Possesses power to split double teams
  • Slide-and-swim winner when working the gaps
  • Ability to leverage and squeeze the running lane
  • Agility for lateral slide and pursuit
  • Early explosiveness can generate a pocket charge down the middle
  • Has athletic ability to find more edges as a rusher
  • Flashes huge power in his hump move
  • Sweet feet when unleashed on twists
  • Natural gait with plus speed in pursuit chase around the field
  • Instincts are very average
  • Can be slow to diagnose and defeat blocking scheme
  • Allows edge pressure to catch him cleanly on down blocks
  • Will freelance out of position rather than playing his run fit
  • Doesn't always set proper edges
  • Focuses on initial blocker and loses sight of the football
  • Inconsistent controlling the point as two-gapper
  • Needs more decisive shed timing
  • Pass rush will require a go-to move and development of counters
  • Pre-college assault of a woman necessitates a character deep dive
Once-in-lifetime player
Perennial All-Pro
Future All-Pro
Pro Bowl-caliber player
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
Should become instant starter
Chance to become NFL starter
NFL backup or special teams potential
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
Should be in an NFL training camp
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
Likely needs time in developmental league