Mississippi State defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons ended what little suspense there was by announcing his decision to enter the 2019 NFL Draft as a junior on Thursday. Simmons was a two time All-SEC performer while in Starkville, leading a defense that finished in the top 10 in nearly every statistical category in 2018. He finished the season with 59 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, and one sack, and was awarded the Conerly Trophy, given annually to the best player in the state of Mississippi.
Thank you @GrindSimmons94 for giving us your very best every day. Let’s ride one last time on New Year’s Day.
A Letter From Jeffery Simmons …
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— Mississippi State Football (@HailStateFB) December 20, 2018
Simmons will play in the Outback Bowl New Year’s Day, then begin the process of preparing for the draft. Simmons is likely to be one of the first defensive tackles taken in the selection process, with 247Sports.com’s Brad Crawford projecting him going 6th overall.