Schefter: Top 15 pick Simmons believed to have suffered torn ACL

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, former Mississippi State defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons has torn his ACL during a pre-draft workout. He will now miss a season. 

But that’s not the most devastating news. Simmons was supposed to be a first-round draft pick before he got injured. 

Former Mississippi State defensive end Jeffery Simmons tries to block Stephen Johnson pass against the Kentucky Wildcats
Jeffery Simmons tries to block Stephen Johnson pass against the Kentucky Wildcats (Getty Images)

He was not invited to compete at the combine because of a previous incident in 2016. During that incident, he punched a woman multiple times when she was on the ground. 

Simmons pleaded no contest to the simple assault charge from the incident. Any team, who drafts him, will do their due diligence on the incident and any other off-the-field concerns. 

With this injury, he is definitely going to fall in the draft. In the 2016 NFL Draft, Jaylon Smith suffered a torn ACL in the Notre Dame Fighting Irish’s Fiesta Bowl game with the Ohio State Buckeyes. 

He fell to the second-round of the draft. Smith was taken with the 34th overall pick in the second round by the Dallas Cowboys. 

Simmons spent three seasons with the Bulldogs before entering the 2019 NFL Draft. This past season, he had 63 tackles, including 18.0 tackles for a loss, and 2.0 sacks in 13 games. He also had one forced fumble and four pass deflections. 

In his career, he had 163 tackles, including 33.0 tackles for a loss, and 7.0 sacks. He also had one five forced fumbles, including one returned for a touchdown, two fumble recoveries, and seven pass deflections. 

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