Browns General Manager John Dorsey has made no secret that he’s a fan of Mississippi State defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons, talking Simmons up at the Senior Bowl, the league meeting and again at his pre-draft press conference. Whether Dorsey will get a chance to draft Simmons remains to be seen.
Based purely on talent, Simmons would easily be a first-round draft pick, and the Browns don’t have a first-round pick after the Odell Beckham trade. But Simmons suffered a torn ACL while working out in February, and he also was convicted of assault in high school for punching a woman. Those two issues could make Simmons available when the Browns pick, at No. 49.
Dorsey sounded like he thinks he’d likely have to trade up to get Simmons, whom he calls “a phenomenal football player.”
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