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Jeffery Simmons | Defensive End

Team: Mississippi State Bulldogs
Age / DOB:  (21) / 7/28/1997
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 300

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Pro Football Focus has given Mississippi State junior DT Jeffery Simmons a 91.0 grade on the year.
One of the reasons Simmons (6'4/300) has such a high grade -- other than the fact that he's really good at football -- is that he's been dominant against the run. He has made nine defensive stops this year; in large part because he's so difficult to double-team and quick off the football. There are off-the-field issues that Simmons will have to overcome -- for lack of a better term -- but the talent is here for him to be one of the highest drafted defensive tackles in the class. Oct 24 - 7:21 PM

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Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline lists Mississippi State junior DT Jeffery Simmons as a "riser" after his performance on Saturday against Kansas State.

Simmons finished with four tackles -- two of them for loss -- and a hurry, but that doesn't really help explain how dominant he was in the victory over the Wildcats. "Much of the mayhem caused by Simmons did not show up on the stat sheet, as his ability to control double-team blocks and penetrate the line of scrimmage allowed teammates to get to the ball carrier and forced opponents to re-route designed plays," Pauline writes. As Pauline also notes, however, there are still off-field concerns that could "haunt" his draft stock. As talented as the 6-foot-4, 300-pound defender is, teams will have to be extra sure in their interviews that they feel comfortable investing a high pick in Simmons.
Sep 10 - 4:36 PM

The Draft Network's Jon Ledyard believes there is a "strong argument" that Mississippi State junior DT Jeffery Simmons is "the best interior defensive lineman in the country."

Ledyard explained Simmons "tossed around Kansas State’s interior offensive line all game long, finishing with two tackles-for-loss and constantly pressuring the pocket with a bevy of power moves and rips." He even goes as far to say he doesn't "know how people have either of the Clemson defensive tackles ranked" higher. Simmons has been impressive to start the season and has a good chance to be a top draft pick in 2019.
Sep 9 - 12:02 PM

Mississippi State junior DT Jeffery Simmons ranks at the top of defensive tackles for the 2019 draft class per Pro Football Focus.

This may come as a surprise, as Simmons comes in ahead of Houston's Ed Oliver and the Clemson Duo of Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence. Let's remember that this is coming from a statistical standpoint, and Simmons (6'4/300) was dominant both against the run and pass; while someone like Oliver was only okay in their pass-rushing grades. Oliver and the Clemson duo will rank higher on boards from most analysts -- and likely teams -- but Simmons is absolutely a first-round prospect as long as his off-field issues don't cause his stock to slip.
Aug 20 - 2:58 PM

Per Pro Football Focus, Mississippi State junior DT Jeffery Simmons led all returning FBS defensive tackles with 41 total pressures last season.

Simmons (6'4/251) is one of a number of stud defensive line prospects who will be eligible to declare for the draft after the upcoming season. He entered the collegiate ranks with a fair bit of baggage, having been caught on video punching a woman repeatedly in high school and ultimately pleading no contest to simple assault and malicious mischief charges. That said, Simmons has not run into any known issues since enrolling at Mississippi State -- they've understandably been watching him like a hawk -- and is coming off a 2017 season in which he registered 60 tackles (12.0 for loss), five sacks and a pair of forced fumbles. 247Sports' Trey Scott wrote earlier this offseason that he believes that Simmons could end up the No. 1 overall selection in next spring's draft should he declare. It should be noted that that is not a consensus opinion.
Jun 2 - 11:48 AM

Trey Scott of 247 Sports writes that Mississippi State DL Jeffery Simmons could be a first-round pick in 2019.

On the football field, Simmons being a potential first-rounder is easy to understand. He was one of the most dominant defenders in college football according to Pro Football Focus, and the eye test backs that up. It's the off-the-field issues that make Simmons a volatile -- and borderline troubling -- Day One candidate. There is video tape of him punching a woman repeatedly, and he plead no contest to charges of simple assault and malicious mischief. The talent is obvious, but a team will have to do a lot of homework -- and answer a lot of questions even if they feel confident that there won't be a repeat incident -- before taking Simmons.
Source: 247 Sports
May 1 - 4:30 PM

SEC Country's Oliver Connolly writes that Mississippi State "need[s] [sophomore DL Jeffery Simmons] to be a dominant run-defender."

"Their front was repeatedly blown off the ball and allowed runners to get to the second level unchallenged," Connolly writes of Mississippi State's shoddy work against the run last season. Simmons entered the collegiate ranks as one of the more controversial recruits in the 2016 cycle, as he was caught on video hitting a woman repeatedly last March. He pleaded no contest to charges of simple assault and malicious mischief. Mississippi State allowed him to enroll after a vetting process. None of this had an impact on his on-field performance as a freshman -- Simmons registered 40 tackles (3.0 for loss) and forced two fumbles last season. "If Simmons can become a one-man wrecking crew inside," Connolly concludes, "he will be a building block to the Bulldogs run defense and make life easier for everyone."
Source: SEC Country
Fri, May 19, 2017 05:03:00 PM

Mississippi State DL coach Brian Baker said that freshman DL Jeffrey Simmons is dealing with a nagging ankle injury.

"He can’t really blow and go the way he wants to and the way he’s used to just yet. A little bit of that is us nursing him though. That’s what’s he frustrated with," Baker said, adding, "The other part he's dealt with." "The other part," in this case, would be the fallout and scrutiny resulting from a March video which showed him hitting a woman repeatedly. He subsequently pleaded no contest to charges of simple assault and malicious mischief. "He understands it. He understands his situation. He’s able to focus and move on," Baker said. "So really, you say a lot of stuff, that’s relative."
Fri, Aug 5, 2016 03:15:00 PM

Mississippi State freshman DL Jeffery Simmons was found guilty of simple assault and guilty of malicious mischief.

Simmons was able to enroll at the school despite the impending charges and video evidence of the altercation. The talented freshman will be suspended for the season opener against South Alabama. Simmons has been ordered to cover hospital bills and damage that resulted to the victim's car. The case has now been taken care of in the legal system.
Wed, Jul 27, 2016 08:58:00 AM

Mississippi State HC Dan Mullen indicated that he had little involvement in the university's decision to enroll freshman DE Jeffery Simmons despite a pending simple assault charge.

"It was a university decision. But I was just thrilled that we’re having Jeffery as part of our family coming in," Mullen said. "I take a lot of pride as a coach on developing young men to be champions, not just on the field, but off the field in every part of their life … and that’s not an easy process." A March video depicted Simmons repeatedly striking a woman. He was charged with simple assault and disturbing the peace, but will only be suspended for the opener against South Alabama. According to Mullen, the university decided on the length of the suspension, too. He believes that the five-star freshman has learned from his mistakes. "I've known him well before the incident, and I think that it was very uncharacteristic of the personality of who he is and the person I've known before and after." Simmons is scheduled to appear in court for the simple assault charge on July 26. The case has already seen two continuances.
Tue, Jul 12, 2016 02:28:00 PM

A continuance has been issued in the simple assault case of Mississippi State freshman DE Jeffery Simmons.

At this juncture, it not yet known why the case has been delayed. This is the second continuance that has been issued -- the first came in May after a dispute over restitution payment. The 6-foot-4, 251-pounder is facing charges of simple assault and disturbing the peace after a video surfaced in March showing him hitting a woman repeatedly. Mississippi State allowed their crown jewel in the 2016 class to enroll in classes despite the charges, slapping him with a one-game suspension to be served in the season-opener against South Alabama. It is not known at this time when the case against him will resume.
Source: SEC Country
Tue, Jun 14, 2016 03:45:00 PM

ESPN's Andrea Adelson wrote a blistering response to Mississippi State's decision to allow five-star DE Jeffery Simmons to enroll despite his outstanding misdemeanor assault charges.

"Rather than send a strong message, Mississippi State cowered and opted to give a second chance to incoming ESPN 300 recruit Jeffery Simmons because he is really good at football," Adelson wrote. Simmons -- who appeared on video striking a woman repeatedly in March -- does face a one-game suspension, which will be served in the season-opener against South Alabama. Adelson has something to say about that, as well. "Slow clap. Way to make a statement, gentlemen." The piece as a whole is well worth the read at the source link.
Sat, Jun 4, 2016 03:56:00 PM

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey quibbled with Mississippi State's notion that the conference was comfortable with their decision to allow five-star DE Jeffery Simmons to enroll.

In late March, a video popped up that showed Simmons hitting a woman repeatedly. Mississippi State has suspended him for the season-opener against South Alabama, but he otherwise faces no consequences. The school said on Thursday that the league office felt comfortable with the enrollment, but Sankey refuted that notion, saying, "I would not express comfort with that." He explained that it is up to the individual school to decide which players can and cannot enroll, not the SEC.
Fri, Jun 3, 2016 02:38:00 PM

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said that the conference would talk about potentially installing a rule that would prevent schools from signing legally-troubled recruits.

The SEC just passed an expanded regulation banning schools from accepting transfers from athletes who have been convicted or plead guilty/no contest to charges of sexual assault, domestic violence and the like (on Friday, they added dating violence and stalking to the list of transfer no-no's). Not included in this rule, though, is any regulation on high school recruits who have faced similar charges. The case of Jeffrey Simmons -- who was seen on video hitting a woman multiple times but was allowed to enroll at Mississippi State earlier this week -- is just one example of a recruit who might not have been able to sign if the SEC's regulations regarding violence were extended beyond transfers.
Source: SEC Country
Fri, Jun 3, 2016 01:54:00 PM

Mississippi State will allow five-star freshman DE Jeffery Simmons to enroll.

Per the SEC Network's Tony Barnhart, Simmons will be "monitored closely" after he joins the Bulldog program. The five-star prospect ranked as 247Sports' No. 3 defensive end in the country for the 2016 cycle, but his status at Mississippi State was put into limbo after a video surfaced in late March which showed him hitting a woman multiple times. After the video came to light, the 6-foot-4, 251-pounder took to Facebook to apologize. In a statement regarding the decision to allow him to enroll, AD Scott Stricklin explained that "[b]ased on conversations our staff has had with school, community and church leaders in Noxubee County, this incident appears to be uncharacteristic of Jeffery." Stricklin did caution that "there will be consequences for any future incidents." Simmons will be suspended for the season-opener against South Alabama, but should see the field soon after.
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Jun 2, 2016 05:24:00 PM