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Draft Scout Charles Sims News
06/06/14 - RB Charles Sims, the former Houston and West Virginia standout, impressed running backs coach Tim Spencer enough that he started lobbying hard during the draft. It worked. Tampa Bay grabbed Sims in the third round.
"I like the athleticism. I like guys that can do a little bit of everything," said Spencer, who was Lovie Smith's running backs coach with the Bears as well and sees a bit of Chicago star Matt Forte in the rookie. "One of the first things I like when I see him is, Is he going to block the way he runs? Is he a tough guy? Do I see the same type of effort when he runs the ball as when he's pass-blocking? ... I like that he took pride in all of his game. He has some qualities Matt had that I liked."
Sims caught 203 passes in his college career and has also played some receiver, and that pass-catching versatility will allow the Bucs to send him out of the backfield and line up alongside another running back.
"It can be an advantage for us because we can get a couple different guys in the backfield with him," Spencer said. "It's nice to have that guy, because we can do a lot of different personnel things with a guy like that. It helps the game out. Once he understands the whole deal, we can sort of blossom."
05/12/14 - All offense for Bucs in draft...With needs on the offensive line, the Bucs went a little off-script in the third round and selected West Virginia running back Charles Sims. The Bucs' backfield - already crowded with Doug Martin, Mike James and Bobby Rainey - already was considered a strength of the team. But Licht said he couldn't resist taking what he said was a player with the third-best hands in the draft behind Evans and Seferian-Jenkins. Sims had 203 receptions in his career at the University of Houston and with the Mountaineers, including 70 as a freshman. He also rushed for 3,465 yards in his career. "Running back was a pretty strong position that we had," Licht said. "We still feel that way but this one kind of stood out like the tight end did. We had a chance to get a back that had a versatile skill set and can score points for us. We didn't want to turn it down." - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - A closer look at the Buccaneers' picks: Round 3/69 - Charles Sims, RB, 6-0, 211, West Virginia...The Bucs had a lot of depth at running back with Doug Martin, Mike James and Bobby Rainey. But Sims is a bigger back and also has great hands, having caught more than 200 passes in college. He will be a good fit for Jeff Tedford's offense. - The Sports Xchange
05/07/14 - Five players who should be on Atlanta's draft radar...RB Charles Sims, West Virginia: The Falcons need to add another running back to the stable and Sims would be an excellent addition with his ability as a ballcarrier and pass catcher. After transferring from Houston for his senior season, he led the Mountaineers in rushing in 2013 with 1,095 yards on the ground. Sims played receiver as a prep player before moving to the backfield as a senior in high school and prides himself on being a reliable option either running or receiving. He has good vision to see the hole and hit it, wasting little time getting north-south, as he lacks the explosive feet to beat defenders with shifty moves. Sims isn't overly creative as a runner and lacks natural power, but shows some similarities of a poor man's Matt Forte with his one-cut, upright running style and ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. He will likely be around for the Falcons pick in the early fourth round. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/20/14 - 2014 SENIOR BOWL, RUNNING BACK: Top player: Charles Sims, West Virginia...With Carlos Hyde dropping out, Sims steps up as the top running back prospect in Mobile this week. He is a tough, one-cut runner who stays upright through contact with his combination of natural balance and power. The Houston transfer is also very reliable catching the ball out of the backfield. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com