Rankings

Player Display Name: 
Jeffery Simmons

Defensive tackle
School: Mississippi State | Conference: SEC
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-3.0 / 301 | 40: 4.98 | DRAFT YR:2019

Rankings

Grade
4.47M
Projected Round
1st/2nd
Pos: 
Large, explosive defensive tackle who controls the action. Incredibly quick, fires off the snap and splits double-team blocks to penetrate the line of scrimmage. Impossible to stop at times and displays outstanding hand technique and a variety of moves. Plays with great pad level, agility and athleticism. Fluid and fast laterally, shows good change of direction and gets outside the box to make plays in space. Powerful, holds his ground against double-team blocks and can be an overwhelming force up the field. Consistently focused on and accounted for by opponents.
Neg: 
Often outpositioned by larger blockers or slow to disengage if he does not get the first step on opponents. Struggles to regain playing form off the initial hit. Presently dealing with a relatively serious knee injury. Was caught on video punching a woman in 2016 and was barred from the NFL combine as a result.
Analysis: 
Simmons displayed himself as an explosive interior defender who is effective against the run, as a pass rusher or in lateral pursuit. He possesses the size, growth potential and athleticism to develop into a dominant three-down defender at the next level if there are no ill effects from his knee injury.