JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Mississippi State defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons, who many consider a potential top-10 pick in the 2019 NFL draft, was informed that he, among others, won’t be invited to the combine because he doesn’t meet the criteria under the NFL’s policy about past issues involving violence, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported, per sources informed of the situation.
Simmons was arrested in 2016 after a fight with a woman was caught on video.
Simmons and Colorado State wide receiver Preston Williams, a potential last-round prospect, are the only two known to be barred under this year, sources say -- according to Pelissero -- but invitations have been rescinded in past after background checks.
Williams was arrested in 2017 for an altercation involving a woman.
Simmons was charged with simple assault and disturbing the peace. He pleaded no contest to those charges. He was fined close to $800 and had ot pay over $800 in restitution.
In the regular season, Simmons led the Bulldogs with 14.5 tackles for loss. His two tackles for loss in the 2018 Egg Bowl victory against Ole Miss put him at 30 career tackles for loss, ranking seventh in MSU history. The third year starter also ranks fourth on the team with 59 tackles, which leads all defensive linemen in the SEC, as well. His 14.5 tackles for loss in the 2018 season is also tied for fourth in the SEC.
He recently took home the Conerly Trophy, signifying the top football player in the state of Mississippi. Simmons is also a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll with over a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
When Simmons declared for the NFL Draft, the Macon native and former Noxubee County standout released a letter to Mississippi State faithful thanking the school for his “second chance”.
The 2019 NFL Draft will begin Thursday, April 25 in Nashville, Tennessee.