Report: Top DT prospect Jeffery Simmons believed to have torn ACL

Former Mississippi State defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons has reportedly suffered an injury believed to be a torn ACL during training. ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen shared the awful news Tuesday morning.

The big picture: This injury impacts Simmons personally in a significant way, and it also will have a big impact on the draft.

  • Projected as a top-15 pick in the coming 2019 NFL Draft, Simmons’ stock takes a massive hit — he could fall all the way down into Day 2 if teams are being overly cautious.
  • As Simmons’ stock drops, others will necessarily move up, diluting the talent pool at the defensive tackle position.

Looking ahead: The future isn’t completely bleak for Simmons, but this is a major setback.

  • The former Bulldogs star will likely miss all of his rookie season rehabbing from his injury.
  • He’ll almost certainly miss out on millions of guaranteed dollars early in his career.