Unfortunate news struck one of the most polarizing prospects for this upcoming NFL Draft, as Jeffery Simmons went down with an injury to his knee during training. The initial reports indicate that it’s a severe blow to the Mississippi State product.
Simmons is projected to be a top 15 selection in the draft. He registered 18 tackles for loss and two sacks in his final collegiate season with the Bulldogs.
While this latest injury to Simmons will most likely affect his stock for April, the talented defensive tackle wasn’t going to be allowed to compete at the NFL Combine regardless of this development.
The requirements to compete at the biggest scouting event of the year actually forbid Simmons from competing due to his alleged physical altercation with a woman in his past.
Nonetheless, the main concern for Simmons has to be his status for this offseason.
According to ESPN insider Adam Schefter, the belief is that Simmons tore his ACL and an official statement regarding this injury is expected to be released today.
From @mortreport and me: Mississippi St. DT Jeffery Simmons, projected to be a top 15-pick in April, suffered a knee injury during training that is thought to be a torn ACL, per league sources. A statement to offer clarity on Simmons' injury is expected to be released today.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 12, 2019
Injuries of this magnitude could cause Simmons to fall out of the first round completely.
The run-stuffing defender is currently ranked among the best defensive line prospects for this draft. Obviously the odds of him staying on top of the draft board will significantly drop if this report holds true.