Mississippi State defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons was projected to be a first-round pick in this year’s NFL Draft. However, Simmons suffered a torn left ACL during training this past weekend, putting that status in doubt.
Simmons said he will undergo surgery next week. His injury occurred while he was participating in positional drills during a workout.
Simmons is obviously out for the upcoming NFL combine, and his draft stock will drop. Still, he seems to be handling the situation well.
He released a lengthy statement about his injury on Twitter this afternoon.
“I just want everyone to know that no matter what, God makes no mistakes. He is preparing me for GREATER things ahead! He has shown me so much in my life these last couple of years and is the time for me to NOT give up! I will undergo surgery early next week and then begin the rehab process. I am going to come back stronger and more determined than ever. If it is in God’s will, no matter which team drafts me this April, I will work extremely hard to get healthy and become a leader in that organization.”
— Jeffery Simmons (@GrindSimmons94) February 12, 2019
The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Simmons recorded 63 tackles (18 for loss) and two sacks this season.
For his career, he racked up more than 160 tackles and seven sacks.
Simmons had been ranked No. 13 on Mel Kiper’s latest Big Board for the 2019 draft.