RB CHARLES SIMS, WEST VIRGINIA

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6’0” – 213 lbs. – 4.50e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2009: 132 – 698 – 9 (5.3), 70 – 759 – 1 (10.8) receiving (Houston)
2010: Redshirt (Academics)
2011: 110 – 821 – 9 (7.5), 51 – 575 – 4 (11.3) receiving
2012: 142 – 846 – 11 (6.0), 37 – 373 – 3 (10.0) receiving
2013: 208 – 1,095 – 11 (5.3), 45 – 401 – 3 (8.9) receiving (West Virginia)

OVERVIEW:

Began his collegiate career at Houston, earning C-USA Freshman of the Year honors after leading the team in rushing yards and touchdowns. Redshirted the following year for academic reasons, then led the team in rushing again en route to a spot on the all-conference first-team. Appeared in just nine games but led the team in rushing a third time in 2012, then transferred to West Virginia, with head coach Dana Holgorsen saying the reason was to improve his draft stock. Was named a first-team selection again.

POSITIVES:

•    Was a productive four-year starter in college at each of the universities he played for.
•    Somehow doesn’t have a ton of tread on his tires after starting for all four seasons.
•    Runs with good vision, can be patient if he needs to but typically makes quick reads.
•    Decisive once he finds his hole, shows some explosion and power once he makes cut.
•    Fast enough to reach the edge, although he doesn’t bounce runs outside unnecessarily.
•    Difficult to bring down with arm tackles and is capable of making the first man miss.
•    Capable of lowering the shoulder and falling forward for extra yardage to finish runs.
•    In addition to his rushing, is also one of the draft’s most accomplished receiving backs.
•    Looks good in blitz pickup, stays on his feet and anchors rather than trying to cut legs.

NEGATIVES:

•    A little bit older than your typical prospect, will be twenty-four years old as a rookie.
•    Was a graduate student at West Virginia but was previously academically-ineligible.
•    Doesn’t shy away from contact but isn’t built like a bruiser and dealt with injuries in ’12.
•    Doesn’t always maintain his low center of gravity, can get upright through the hole.
•    Despite stated reasons for transfer, rumors existed about some character concerns.

SUMMARY:

Despite his age and the mysterious circumstances under which he decided to transfer, Sims is a legitimate candidate to be the first running back selected, as he there is less tread on his tires than Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey, while he is much more well-versed in the different components of the passing game than Auburn’s Tre Mason. He possesses the qualities of a three-down back, with solid size and vision, an explosive running style, impressive cuts, and home-run speed; however, the team which drafts him may be put into a difficult position following his rookie contract, as he will be twenty-eight years old at that point and possibly not a great candidate for a long-term contract extension. That said, other than the fact that running back isn’t a highly-valued position in the modern NFL, there’s nothing to prevent him from going on the draft’s second day.

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