A versatile defensive tackle that embodies both speed and power is rare. Simmons, who has both, is likely to be a mid first round pick in this year’s draft. The former Bulldog accumulated 163 total tackles, 33 for loss, seven sacks, and five forced fumbles in his Mississippi State career. He has a nose for the ball and can get to the quarterback.
But his demeanor throughout his college campaign has been in question. To have a long and sustainable career in the NFL, Simmons must keep his composure. A franchise with mentorship from the front office to players along the defensive line would be the perfect fit.
Simmons has the ability to make an impact from the get go. But as mentioned above, it is all about the situation. Simmons can change a franchise, as the Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos, and New England Patriots are all in need of a defensive tackle with Simmons’ skillset.
His speed and power will transition to the pro game. Simmons can fight through multiple blocks, another rare element for a defensive tackle. His game resembles another former Bulldog, Chris Jones of the Kansas City Chiefs. Both jump off the screen and leave it all on the field.
Like Jones, there is no questioning Simmons’ motor. A force on every down, Simmons is also an emotional leader who can galvanize his teammates when in need. The draft is right around the corner and one team will be more than lucky to have Simmons along their defensive line.