Couch Potato General Manager
Prospect Rank – #5
Position Rank – #3 Interior Defensive Line
Jeffery Simmons 2019 NFL Draft Profile
College: Mississippi State
Weight: 301 lbs
CPGM Headley’s Prospect Notes –
- Ability to penetrate through gaps and make a play slashing downhill to catch backs in outside zone scheme
- Agility is a plus
- Works strong through contact on the way to the backfield
- High motor player that runs 20 yards down the field to get involved
- Uses his hands timely and aggressively to disengage, swim move a speciality
- If you don’t have strength then you won’t be able to block Simmons 1-on-1
- Very instinctive and aware football player
- Strong lower body enables him to create burst even with bodies on or around him
- 3 technique at next level with versatility to play nose or 5 technique, but one gaping is his calling card
- Leverage a bit inconsistent, when he gets off ball too high he can be handled
- Loses his feet at times falling forward
- At times may be too aggressive and over runs plays
CPGM Drew’s Prospect Notes –
- Simmons allows linebackers and safeties to eat because he takes on double teams for breakfast, lunch and dinner, giving up no space between him and the line of scrimmage
- Appears to enjoy the challenge of facing a double-team
- Works in a confined space well and moves down the line with ease for a man his size.
- Not expected to be a big time pass rusher but again a guy who will allow others to eat conquering the line of scrimmage in the run game and leaving teammates in favorable one-on-one match-ups.
- For a guy who consistently takes on double and at times triple teams he has no quit.
- Played defensive tackle, nose tackle, and edge; played both in 3-4 and 4-3 sets; my initial thoughts were a 43 defensive tackle; but a “Legos” (multiple moving front pre/post snap look) type defense, allowing you to do more with not just him but others around him optimizing their talents along with that of Simmons is most desirable
- There are times when he starts on the inside shoulder of the right guard and ends up on the outside shoulder of the center either destroying the the run play or making the stop himself.
- Although he has a good first step he will get too high and be an easy target for offensive linemen to work back
- Didn’t always finish when in position to make the play
- I want to see him use that quickness more often and converting that speed-to-power, bull rush.