Jeffery Simmons is likely sliding down NFL Draft boards and it has nothing to do with the 2016 off the field incident prior to his arrival at Mississippi State.
Simmons suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee over the weekend while training in Boca Raton, Florida. He is scheduled to undergo surgery early next week.
“I am going to come back stronger and more determined than ever,” Simmons said in a statement. “If it is 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.”
The 6-foot-4, 300-pound defensive tackle from Macon decided to forgo his senior season at MSU and was considered the No. 8 overall draft prospect according to CBS Sports prior to the injury.
Simmons recorded 63 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, two sacks and forced one fumble for the Bulldogs this past fall, was a first team All-SEC selection and won the Conerly Trophy.