Bucs 3rd Round Pick: RB Charles Sims

Charles Sims – RB – West Virginia

6’0″ 214 pounds – Senior

Born in Houston, Texas, Sims began his college career at the University of Houston, playing for the Cougars in the 2009, 2011 and 2012 seasons. In those 3 campaigns he rushed the ball 384 times for 2,370 yards and 29 touchdowns, while adding 1,707 yards and 8 scores on 158 receptions. In his one season with the Mountaineers, he was the team’s leading rusher with a career-high 1,095 yards on 208 carries for 11 touchdowns. Was also second on the team with 45 catches for 401 yards and 3 touchdowns. His 5,626 career all-purpose yards was the fifth most among current college players. Was the Big 12 Conference co-Newcomer of the Year in 2013.

Sims is perhaps the best multi-purpose back in this year’s NFL Draft. He has excellent hand-eye coordination as a pass catcher. Has great burst, good vision, and runs precise cuts on the ground. Creates great separation when spread out wide. Is a reliable target on screens and quick passes in the flat. Runs a little too tall at times with some inconsistency on contact and ball security.

The redshirt senior is an ideal fit in Jeff Tedford’s offense. Sims should by no means start over Doug Martin, but he is a three-down back that can thrive on 3rd down passing plays. He could be best used in the slot and in the screen game for quick passes. Sims can create mismatches for slot corners and linebackers, with breakaway speed in the open field. Tampa Bay was last in yards after the catch in 2013, and Sims might be the “speed in space” back they need.

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