By the time the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine rolls around, one of the upcoming draft’s top prospects is not expected to be in attendance.
That’s because Jeffery Simmons has not been invited to the combine, according to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network. In recent years, the NFL has implemented a policy banning players with past issues involving violence from attending the event.
If you didn’t know, a video of Simmons punching a woman went viral before he arrived as a student at Mississippi State. The act was seen by many as a reason to boot Simmons from a school he had not even attended, but in the end, Mississippi State decided to give the former five-star prospect a chance to prove the incident was an isolated occurrence.
Following three seasons in Starkville, Simmons has proven to be a model student and ambassador for Mississippi State, in addition to an All-SEC performer on the field. While he was likely disappointed to get the news, he did not show that emotion in this recent Twitter post, which seems to be a clear reaction to the news.
— Jeffery Simmons (@GrindSimmons94) February 1, 2019
For what it is worth, Simmons’ defensive coordinator at Mississippi State, Bob Shoop, has offered up some thoughts on Simmons following the news. It should be noted that Shoop is one of the most respected coaches in the nation and was honored this season as a Frank Broyles Award Finalist. That award is given annually to the nation’s top assistant coach.
Here is Shoop’s comments in response to Simmons’ tweet:
Jeffery Simmons is the best player I’ve ever coached. More importantly, he is as fine a person as I’ve been around in nearly 30 years as a coach. A Sip Boy, he made a positive impact on his team, school and state. #ULTIMATETEAMMATE https://t.co/mm8kPeiEQq
— Bob Shoop (@CoachBobShoop) February 1, 2019