OUTLOOK: Graded the top prep prospect in the state of Mississippi when he signed with the Bulldogs three years ago, Simmons almost lost his chance to showcase his talents as an arrest for assault in 2016 threatened to ruin his plans. Instead, Simmons buckled down, dedicating himself to his books, weight room and community. In doing, Simmons built himself back up as not only one of the top defensive linemen in the Southeastern Conference but in the entire country, leaving the Bulldogs early for the 2019 NFL draft after recording 163 tackles, including 33 for loss and seven sacks in three seasons. Simmons earned First Team All-SEC honors each of the past two seasons. A total of 45 of his 59 tackles came during conference play, which led all SEC defensive lineman. The ever-image conscious NFL opted not to invite Simmons to the 2019 Scouting Combine as a way of denouncing his 2016 conviction for assault. If satisfied with his character, Simmons' prototypical frame, power and experience playing up and down the defensive line will appeal to all 32 teams, projecting as a longtime starter.