NASHVILLE – The Titans selected Mississippi State Defensive Lineman Jeffery Simmons for the 19th overall NFL Draft.
Simmons, who denied 157 tackles, seven sacks, four enforced fumble and six defended passes, squadrons in the state of Mississippi began the offseason as a potential top-10 player.
But Simmons (6-3, 301) suffered a torn ACL during a workout in February that performed a routine exercise and was operated on.
Leading Up According to the draft, a few analysts said that the Titans should consider choosing him in the first round of the NFL Draft.
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Charles NFL Network Design analyst Charles Davis said that what happens to the defensive linemen at the beginning of the design would have an impact on Simmons' disengagement.
"Simmons makes sense for everyone because I think he's so good," Davis said. "But the questions: how long do you have to wait? When will he finish? Can you afford it? Every team will have to decide. "
NFL Network's Bucky Brooks has led Simmons to fifth place in the design's list of key defensive duels.
" The tears of ACL Simmons suffered in February markedly reduce its design stock. "Wrote Brooks. "But an attentive coach will keep an eye on his disruptive game and focus on how he could influence a unit when he returns from his injury."
Jeremiah said he has heard some relatively positive injury news about Simmons and his future.
"From what I've been told in medical matters, it sounds like you could get him for six or seven games (2019)," Jeremiah said. "So it can not be total laundry. If your doctors are familiar with it and you thought you would make six, seven games with him in 2019 and let him rock and roll in the future, I think the story would look pretty good on this selection because he's so talented.
The Titans will make five more picks in rounds 2-7 over the next two days, including picks in the second (51) and third round (82) on Friday night.
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