NASHVILLE – Titans chose the Mississippi State defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons with the 19th overall election of the NFL Draft.
While the team may have to wait a little to see its full influence, Titans believes in the long run that he will be a great researcher in the coming years.
"He's a guy we did extensive research on and he's going to come in and work and help this football team," says Jonathan Johnson, director of titans, about Simmons. "I'm just really excited about the ability he has. He has great speed, can really run for a big man. He's explosive, changes the direction well. He's finished playing, and he's an aggressive player. [1
Simmons said he is thrilled to be a Titan.
"I have so much passion," Simmons says on a conference call. on the track, it will show. When you have that energy, everyone comes with you. trust me. They can trust me, I will not let them fall. "
Simmons, who racked 157 tackles, seven sacks, four compulsions and six passages defensed for three seasons in the Mississippi State, began the offseason as a potential top-10 pick.
But Simmons (6-3, 301) led a torn ACL by doing a routine exercise during a training session in February and having surgery The injury, paired with an off-field event Simmons was involved in high school, led the Titans and other NFL teams to do extra homework on the big defensive lineman.
Titans said they did extensive research on Simmons, and after spending time with him, they felt confident in picking him in. Simmons told Robinson after being told he would choose, " I don't want to let you down. "
" I'm very sure of Jeffery Simmons as a man, "Robinson said." I know he's going to be productive in society, and he'll be productive at this football team. … We felt that when he is able to get back out there, he will be a truly impressive player for our defense. "
Titan's trainer Mike Vrabel said he is looking forward to having a player's Simmon caliber on the team." "To get these types of players that can influence the defense front, they are disturbing," Vrabel said. And I think when you try to work out blocking and find out how to block this guy every week? "We feel like we have it in Jurrell (Casey) and we want when Jeffery is ready, he will be another of the players who can help us.
"I am very sure that it is Jon that he wants to make everyone here proud. To get this type of player, this type of person when we got him, we are excited. "
On the way to the draft, a couple of draft analysts believed that the Titans should consider choosing Simmons in the first round of NFL Draft. When he was available, the Titans jumped to get him.
" is a good chance that he is there at 19, "said NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah about Simmons, who led to the draft." And I think if you can be patient, the story will look pretty kind, because you choose because he is a top five talent. "
In his last mock draft, published Thursday morning, the NFL Network draft analyst Charles Davis Titans took Simmons.
" Simmons makes sense to me for almost Anyone because I think he's so good, "said Davis." But the questions: How long will you have to wait? When will he be ready? Can you afford to do that? Each team must decide. "
NFL Networks Bucky Brooks had Simmons listed on No. 5 on his list of top defensive tackled in the draft.
" The ACL tear Simmons led in February clearly reduces its draft stock, "Brooks wrote." Coaches will keep their disturbing game in mind and focus on how he can influence a unit when he returns from his injury. "
Jeremiah said he heard some relatively positive news about Simmons and his future.  Simmons said on a conference call Thursday night, his ACL rehab goes "big." He said in 2 or 3 weeks he will be able to run again. He expects to play in 2019.
"Of all I have got to Knowing about medical things, it sounds like you choose him, you might get him to six or seven games (in 2019), said Jeremiah. "So it can't be a total wash. If your doctors are comfortable with it and you thought you should get six, seven games with him in 2019 and make him rock and roll in the future, I think the story will look pretty kind to the choice because he is so talented. "
The Titans are scheduled to make five more selections in rounds 2-7 over the next two days, including second (51) and third round selections ( 82) Friday night.