Tennessee Titans defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons was recently named by Pro Football Focus as one of the top 10 players in the NFL under the age of 25.
Simmons, a Louisiana native, was the No. 19 overall selection by the Titans in the 2019 NFL Draft.
The former Mississippi State standout is in line for a big contract extension after an impressive 2021 season. Simmons totaled 54 tackles this past season, along with 8.5 sacks and 12 tackles for loss.
Simmons is easily Tennessee general manager Jon Robinson’s most successful first-round draft selection.
Since taking over as the Titans’ general manager in early 2016, Robinson has made eight first-round draft picks. Only three of those selections are still on Tennessee’s roster (Simmons, 2021 first-round selection Caleb Farley, and 2022 first-round selection Treylon Burks).
By comparison, the Green Bay Packers have also made eight first-round picks during that same time frame and all eight selections are still on their roster.
Robinson has obviously done a good job during his time as Tennessee’s general manager — the Titans haven’t had a losing season during his tenure — but he’s left a lot to be desired when it comes to his first-round draft selections. Just imagine how good the Titans would be if they had hit on all eight of those selections.
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