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Charles Sims | Running Back

Team: West Virginia Mountaineers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 9/19/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 195

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Buccaneers selected West Virginia RB Charles Sims with the No. 69 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Sims (5-foot-11 7/8, 214) will be a 24-year-old rookie after a five-year college career, spending his first four at Houston before finishing at WVU. He's joining a crowded backfield in Tampa. All told, Sims turned 592 carries into 3,465 yards (5.85 YPC) and 40 touchdowns, adding a whopping 203 receptions. Sims ran 4.48 at the Combine with a 37 1/2-inch vertical and impressive 10-foot-6 broad jump. Sims isn't flashy on film, but has some Matt Forte/DeMarco Murray to him with a linear running style but outstanding vision, plus burst and arguably the best receiving/pass pro combination in the draft. Even if Sims lacks franchise-runner upside, he should assimilate quickly in the NFL. The fact that the Bucs were willing to spend a third-round pick makes Sims a good bet for No. 2 duties behind Doug Martin. His selection is bad news for Bobby Rainey and Mike James May 9 - 10:04 PM

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NFL Films' Greg Cosell is intrigued by West Virginia RB Charles Sims.

Cosell threw out the popular comparison of Sims to Bears RB Matt Forte. "I don't think he's quite as smooth and fluid a runner as Forte," Cosell said. "He doesn't have sort of that natural fluidity. He's a little choppy and a little stop and start. But he's got really good acceleration. He can get to the perimeter. He's a really good receiver. So he's got that runner-receiver multi-dimensional skill set that brings to mind a Matt Forte." Sims is a great receiver out of the backfield despite having small hands (8 1/4 inches) and he has the size (6-foot, 215 pounds) to handle NFL punishment.
Mar 27 - 12:19 AM

NFL.com's Gil Brandt believes West Virginia senior RB Charles Sims "will surprise some people in the NFL."

"He can really catch the ball well, which is what teams are looking for out of a running back, and does so despite having small hands (8 1/4 inches). You usually don’t find guys who are as good a receiver as Sims with those size hands," Brandt wrote on Friday. Sims transferred from the Houston Cougars to West Virginia for his senior year, where he rushed for 1,095 yards and 11 touchdowns. Sims could be one of the most complete running backs in this year's draft.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 21 - 6:49 PM

West Virginia senior RB Charles Sims is "a little bit of a sleeper," according to NFL.com's Gil Brandt.

"[Sims] will stir up a lot of interest as draft day nears," Brandt wrote. "West Virginia didn't have a good offensive line this season, and it hampered him, but he is a very good all-around back who can really catch the ball well and is a good runner." Brandt's NFL.com colleague Bucky Brooks wrote in November that Sims would have a "Matt Forte-like impact in the pro game." Sims is a great receiver out of the backfield, and that might get him drafted higher than experts expect in May.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 13 - 4:19 PM

West Virginia senior RB Charles Sims will have a "Matt Forte-like impact in the pro game," according to NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

"Crafty offensive coordinators will take advantage of his versatile skills to make him a dynamic backfield weapon capable of tallying 100-plus scrimmage yards (combination of rushing and receiving yards) on a weekly basis," Brooks writes. Sims should be the focal point of West Virginia's offense, but they choose to go away from him too often. His pass catching ability will be valued highly by NFL evaluators.
Source: NFL.com
Wed, Nov 20, 2013 09:45:00 AM

West Virginia senior RB Charles Sims rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries in a 30-21 win over Oklahoma State.

Sims added 82 yards on five catches. The Mountaineer offense really struggled last week against Maryland, but senior transfer Clint Trickett helped moved the team forward today. Sims is a versatile receiving option with size as a runner.
Sat, Sep 28, 2013 05:40:00 PM

West Virginia senior RB Charles Sims rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries against Georgia State.

Sims, a Houston transfer, is West Virginia's most consistent option on offense. The Mountaineers have yet to find a reliable quarterback, so expect them to continue to ride Sims. He added one catch for 10 yards on the day.
Sat, Sep 14, 2013 03:50:00 PM

West Virginia senior RB Charles Sims rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries against Williams & Mary.

He also caught one pass for 12 yards. Honestly, we were expecting him to catch more passes, but the Mountaineers' passing game was off from the start. Sims should have been fed more touches, and he likely will throughout the season. He mind end up being the team's focus, if he already isn't.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 05:39:00 PM

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen named senior RB Charles Sims starter.

Sims graduated from Houston in the spring, allowing him to maintain eligibility post-transfer. The Big 12 Newcomer of the Year was ranked by NFL.com's Gil Brandt as the top senior RB over such stars as Arizona State's Marion Grice, USC's Silas Redd, Wisconsin's James White, and Oklahoma's Trey Millard. West Virginia ran the ball on 46.9% plays last season, the most ever for a Holgorsen-run offense, and it's not out of the question that they could be even more landlocked this season with questions at quarterback. Holgorsen currently has Paul Millard and Clint Trickett listed as co-starters.
Mon, Aug 26, 2013 01:21:00 PM

Coach Dana Holgorsen said that senior RB Charles Sims transferred to West Virginia to improve his NFL draft stock.

"We'll put him in position to get that done," Holgorsen said. Sims is ranked by NFL.com's Gil Brandt as the top senior RB, besting runners such as Arizona State's Marion Grice, USC's Silas Redd, Wisconsin's James White, and Oklahoma's Trey Millard. West Virginia ran the ball on 46.9% plays last season, the most ever for a Holgorsen-run offense.
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 03:19:00 PM

West Virignia's Charles Sims ranks as NFL.com's Gil Brandt's top senior RB.

Arizona State's Marion Grice, USC's Silas Redd, Wisconsin's James White, and Oklahoma's Trey Millard round out the top five. "This guy can run like the wind, having run a 4.46-second 40-yard dash," Brandt said of Sims. "He should be great in the West Virginia system, and could be like St. Louis Rams first-round draft pick Tavon Austin, who played some running back against Oklahoma and rushed for a school single-game record 344 yards."
Source: NFL.com
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 10:38:00 AM

Former Houston senior RB Charles Sims enrolled in classes at West Virginia on Monday.

This also means that Sims has started working out with his new team. Since he worked through some spring activities with Houston, and mentioned the Supplemental Draft as a possibility, Sims is likely in great shape. We expect him to contribute immediately.
Source: Daily Mail
Tue, Jul 2, 2013 10:37:00 AM

ESPN's David Ubben questions if a new-look offense could be on tap for West Virginia.

The suggestion comes in direct relation to senior running back Charles Sims' decision to join the Mountaineers. "West Virginia ran the ball 46.9 percent of the time last season, the most ever for an offense with Holgorsen calling the plays," according to Ubben. However, receiver Tavon Austin took 73 of those carries. Holgorsen did place on focus on the running game when he called plays for Oklahoma State, allowing Kendall Hunter and company to carry the ball on 45.8 percent of offensive snaps.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Jun 24, 2013 10:56:00 AM

NFL Network's Gil Brandt believes new West Virginia senior RB Charles Sims will post an Adrian Peterson type workout at the 2014 NFL Combine.

That is some high praise. Sims will not only contribute immediately as a runner with his new team, but the senior is one of the top receiving backs in the country which Dana Holgorsen will almost certainly take advantage of. Unlike Peterson, we don't expect Sims to be selected in the first-round.
Mon, Jun 24, 2013 10:42:00 AM

Former Houston senior RB Charles Sims says he is transferring to West Virginia.

The report comes from Sims' mouth and he is currently visiting the Mountaineer campus. There were reports of Sims considering jumping to the NFL via the Supplemental Draft, but since the running back already earned his degree from Houston he will not be forced to redshirt the 2013 season. Sims is a talented player and should complement Andrew Buie well. Dana Holgorsen likely knows Sims well, and might have even recruited him to Houston, since the head coach was on the Cougars' staff from 2008-2009.
Fri, Jun 21, 2013 03:56:00 PM