Scouting Report: Jeffery Simmons, DL, Mississippi State

Here is my scouting report on Jeffery Simmons, DL out of Mississippi State:

General Comments:

  • Great strength and drive to collapse the pocket
  • Alignment: 3T, 1T, 0T
  • Hustle and chase is average. Doesn’t pursue hard.
  • Subtle stop and start quickness.
  • Too vertical of a stance. Lower your pad height!
  • Great build: 6’4, 300 lbs

Pass Rush:

  • Good hand placement
  • Took on double teams
  • Good strong hand punch that moves blockers
  • Pass Rush Moves: Bull-rush through guard, Club-rip outside gap, Club-swim
  • Flashed spin counter to reset pocket (only did it once or twice)
  • Flashes Bull-jerk when bull-rush stalls (only did it once or twice)
  • Will keep fighting with hands to disengage, punch, and chop

Pass Rush Fails:

  • Will get vertical while he’s pass rushing which takes away his power and penetrating ability
  • Want him to use his hands to chop more quickly to disengage
  • Will tire out and won’t fully unleash his potential
  • If initial hand placement places on his chest at the start he has a hard time making an impact

Run Defense

  • Will stand vertically up while reading backfield
  • Will shed too late at times
  • Uses hands to stack and shed blocks
  • Hand usage to fight through double teams: club-swim
  • Strong and quick hands to take on down blocks to shed and finish
  • Flashes elite timing to make plays
Samuel Gold

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