PRO: The Titans selected Jeffery Simmons with the 19th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-4, 305-pound defensive lineman provides a rare blend of size, power and quickness. He was a first-team All-SEC selection as a sophomore and junior, adding second-team All-American as a junior. Following his junior season, he declared for the NFL Draft but suffered a knee injury during training in February 2019.
• As a junior in 2018, Simmons was named first-team All-SEC and second-team All-American after totaling 63 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and two sacks. His 17 tackles for loss led the team, ranked fourth in the SEC and were the third-most in single-season school history.
• During his sophomore season (2017), he set a career high with five sacks and added 12 tackles for loss.
• During college Simmons was a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
• Simmons’ brother, Dylan Bradley, played football at Southern Miss and then spent time with the Minnesota Vikings. His uncle, Jason Hatcher, played 10 total seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins.
• Away from football, Simmons enjoys fishing and spending time outdoors.
• The Macon, Miss., native was selected by the Titans in the first round (19th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft.
• During a three-year career as a defensive tackle at Mississippi State, Simmons appeared in 38 contests with 28 starts. He finished his career ranked sixth in school history with 32.5 in tackles for loss. He also tied for sixth in MSU annals with five forced fumbles and tied for fourth with three blocked kicks. His totals also included 163 tackles, seven sacks, seven passes defensed and two defensive touchdowns. He was one of two players in the nation to be named a Bednarik Award Semifinalist in both 2017 and 2018.
AS A JUNIOR (2018), appeared in 13 games with 12 starts. Led the team and ranked fourth in the SEC with 17 tackles for loss, which made up the third-highest total in school history. Tied for second in the SEC among defensive linemen with 63 total tackles and added a pair of sacks, one forced a fumble and four passes defensed. Collected two or more tackles for loss in six different games and had at least one in nine contests.
• According to Pro Football Focus, he finished the campaign with the fourth-overall grade (91.6) and third-overall run-defense grade (93.2) among the nation’s interior defensive linemen.
• Named a Bednarik Award Semifinalist and won the 2018 Conerly Trophy by the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum as the top player in Mississippi. Also named second-team All-American (AP, The Athletic) and first-team All-SEC (AP, Coaches).
• Against Stephen F. Austin (9/1), opened the season with four tackles, including a career-high 3.5 tackles for loss.
• At No. 5 LSU (10/20), recorded a career-high 10 tackles, including one tackle for loss.
• At No. 1 Alabama (11/10), contributed six tackles and two tackles for loss.
• At Ole Miss (11/22), helped the Bulldogs win the Egg Bowl with four tackles, including two for loss and a sack, and added a forced fumble and a pass defensed. Named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his efforts.
• Against Iowa in the Outback Bowl (1/1/19), played his final game with Mississippi State and finished with four tackles, including 2.5 for loss and a sack. Over the first three plays of the game, recorded a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss. Recorded a season-high five total pressures, including a pair of quarterback hits. Earned a spot on ESPN’s All-Bowl team for his performance.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2017), started all 13 games and tallied 60 tackles, five sacks, 12 tackles for loss, 41 quarterback pressures, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one pass defensed. With three total blocked kicks and punts, became the first SEC player since 2004 to lead the nation in the category.
• Named first-team All-SEC (AP, Coaches, PFF) and was a Bednarik Award Semifinalist. Added 2017 SEC Academic Honor Roll recognition. Twice named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week (vs. LA Tech, LSU).
• At Louisiana Tech (9/9), registered two touchdowns, providing his first touchdown when he skied into the air to block a punt and recovered the ball for a score. He added a fumble recovery and 90-yard return for a score. Also blocked a field goal in the contest.
• Against No. 11 LSU (9/16), recorded seven tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.
• At No. 13 Auburn (9/30), had six tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack.
• In the TaxSlayer Bowl against Louisville (12/31), pressured Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson nine times and recorded one tackle for loss.
AS A FRESHMAN (2016), played in 12 games with three starts at defensive tackle and finished with 40 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and four quarterback hurries. Led all SEC freshman and tied for the team lead with two forced fumbles. Became the first MSU defensive lineman to earn Freshman All-SEC honors since Chris Jones in 2013. Named to the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.
• Against South Carolina (9/10), made his collegiate debut and had an immediate impact with four tackles, two tackles for loss and one forced fumble.
• At Kentucky (10/22), recorded his first career start and produced a season-high six tackles. Added a key forced fumble in the fourth quarter that led to a recovery for a touchdown.
• Against Miami (Ohio) in the St. Petersburg Bowl (12/26), started and registered two tackles.
• Majored in human development at Mississippi State.
• Has a son, Jeffery Jr.
• Attended Noxubee County (Macon, Miss.) High School, where he was named the nation’s No. 10 overall player and the No. 2 defensive end by Scout.com. Named a five-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com and a four-star prospect by 247Sports.com and ESPN.com. Named the top-rated player in Mississippi by Rivals.com and 247Sports.com.
• As a high school senior in 2015, helped Noxubee County win its second straight MHSAA Class 4A State Championship with a 12-4 overall record. Finished second on the team with 105 tackles. Led the Tigers with 20.5 tackles for loss, 18.5 sacks, 21 quarterback hurries, three blocked field goals and two blocked punts. Also forced two fumbles, recovered two fumbles, broke up five passes and recorded an interception.
• His mother is Brenda Bradley. He has one brother, Dylan, and two sisters, Brooke and Ashley.
• List of favorites: (movie) “The Blind Side”; (TV show) “Martin”; (song on your pregame playlist) “The Man” by Aloe Blacc; (meal) chicken alfredo; (dessert) Pecan Pie; and (sports team as a child) L.A. Lakers with Kobe Bryant.
• Follow Simmons on Twitter at @grindsimmons94 and on Instagram at @jsimmons_94.
• Born Jeffery Bernard Simmons Jr. on July 28, 1997, in Lasalle, La.