Jeffrey Simmons headlines Mississippi State Pro Day
As a matter of NFL policy, Mississippi State defensive lineman Jeffrey Simmons wasn’t allowed to take part in the NFL combine due to an off the field incident prior to his freshman year.
That turned out not to matter when Simmons tore his ACL two weeks prior to the pre-draft showcase.
Today would have been the day Simmons finally got to validate his standing as a potential first round NFL draft pick with scouts from all 32 teams present at MSU Pro Day.
But between his checkered past and a long road to recovery ahead of him, Simmons remains one of the hardest NFL draft day hopefuls to evaluate.
Despite not being able to take part in most of the drills on Wednesday, Simmons did throw up 28 reps of 225 pounds on bench press.
All-in-all, Simmons is confident he’s a better person than he was three years ago and his teammates are even more confident that he’s a draft day steal. “I mean I’ve been honest about the situation, just laid it on the line to teams, to anybody who asked me about the situation so it’s nothing to hide about the situation. It’s a mistake I made back in high school and I regret it up until this day, but like I say I’ve been as honest about the situation that happened. I tell them what happened about the situation and how I grew from it.”
Mississippi State defensive lineman Montez Sweat said, “He’s a great player on the field and an even better player off the field. I mean Jeffery is the kind of guy that me and him just look towards each other the whole year just leaning on each other. Off the field he’s that guy that’s going to stay out of trouble and also keep them younger guys out of trouble.”
Mississippi State Safety Johnathan Abram said, “I tell anybody that go and get him you’re going to get a steal. Like I mean if you don’t draft him in the first round you’re stupid. Because I mean he won’t be around long. And when he does come back, I’m willing to bet that he’ll have a Pro Bowl, Hall of Fame career.”
Simmons was named an All-SEC first team defensive lineman in 2019.
Overall, there were 19 former Bulldogs that took part in Pro Day with five of them considered to be potential first round draft picks come April 25th.