Mock drafts. They can become outdated in an instant. Today on The Kist & Solak Show, we mocked the Philadelphia Eagles an interior defensive lineman at the 25th overall selection. Today we also received news that the player selected, Mississippi State’s Jeffery Simmons, may have to redshirt the 2019 NFL season.
From @mortreport and me: Mississippi St. DT Jeffery Simmons, projected to be a top 15-pick in April, suffered a knee injury during training that is thought to be a torn ACL, per league sources. A statement to offer clarity on Simmons' injury is expected to be released today.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 12, 2019
An ACL injury is a massive blow to Simmons’ stock that was already facing questions about his landing spot. The injury, combined with a previous incident where he pleaded no contest to simple assault on a woman, means he’ll be selected much later in the process. It’s also a massive blow to the interior defensive line class, which is bad news for the defensive tackle-needy Eagles.
Over the last two years Simmons racked up 30 tackles for loss and 7 sacks for the Bulldogs. My preliminary grading ranked him as the third best defensive tackle in the class with an easy first round grade. If the Eagles’ were eyeing Simmons in the first round, they may have to look elsewhere for trench help.
With that said, it’s not impossible the Eagles could look to take a risk on Simmons should he fall further than expected in the 2019 NFL Draft. Philadelphia selected Sidney Jones in the second-round of the 2017 NFL Draft despite the fact he tore his Achilles in March 2017.
Stay tuned for more updates on this developing story.
UPDATE: Jeffery Simmons has confirmed that he will undergo surgery for a torn ACL.