- AProjectionRound 2-3
Strong Points: Adequate size, athleticism. Plays hard every snap. Flashes as a run defender and pass rusher. Chases in pursuit.
Weak Points: Average instincts -- too often unaware of where the ball is. Very average as a pass rusher (2 sacks in '18). Gets tall, letting blockers into his body. Average hand use and can be slow to shed.
The Way We See It: Simmons declared despite being an unknown. He was too easily blocked on the tapes I evaluated. Average pass rusher who isn't disruptive in the run game. On the plus side, Simmons is athletic, hard working and has some growth potential -- he should get stronger in an NFL weight program. I project him as a backup 5-technique at the next level.
Hub Arkush: Simmons is one of the more interesting players in this draft. He started slowly at Mississippi State with several off-the-field issues but appeared to mature in his time there with no problems the past two seasons. At 6-4, 300 pounds, he offers multiple options as to where you play him and he looks like Adonis getting off the bus. The problems here are he wasn't always as productive in college as you'd expect a guy with his rare physical gifts to be and he tore his ACL in a freak and ugly training accident in February prior to the Combine. Simmons is another one of those guys I get a lot of mixed signals on depending on who I talk to, and the ACL is almost certain to leave him on the board late on Night 1, if not early on Night 2, but he has top-10 talent.
Best Fit: Jets, Giants, Bills, Bengals, Dolphins, Browns, Cowboys
Red Flags: Character, Maturity, Coming off January ACL tear
NFL Comp: Ndamukong Suh, Fletcher Cox