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Blake Sims | Quarterback

Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 208

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Alabama QB/RB/WR Blake Sims is "an undersized, move quarterback who can make plays outside of the pocket," notes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.
"He has enough arm to threaten defenses over the top," Zierlein wrote. "Though up and down at times, Sims has demonstrated enough potential to warrant a look as an NFL backup in a draft class sorely lacking in quarterback prospects." The analyst ranks Sims as the seventh-best QB in the class, ahead of some popular developmental prospects such as Taylor Heinicke and Bryan Bennett. Mar 16 - 9:26 PM
Source: NFL.com

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Alabama QB/RB/WR Blake Sims "helped himself" at Wednesday's pro day, wrote TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Not so much at quarterback as Sims lined up at running back and in the slot, catching passes," Pauline wrote "He also fielded punts with the Arizona Cardinals afterward and is meeting one-on-one with the New Orleans Saints. The overall feedback was positive." Sims badly wants to be an NFL quarterback, but his skills might be best suited to a different offensive skill position.
Mar 13 - 9:48 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis noted that Alabama QB Blake Sims "threw passes and ran routes as a RB/Slot receiver," during his Alabama's pro day.

While the 6-foot, 208-pound Sims is determined to play QB at the next level, NFL teams have shown interest in Sims as a running back or a slot receiver. The Alabama prospect completed all 50 throws during his passing drill on Wednesday, and Davis added that Sims "threw it pretty well" at the pro day.
Mar 12 - 2:16 PM

Updating a previous item, Josh Norris has learned Blake Sims will only go through QB drills.

It was previously reported that Sims would go through both QB and RB drills. It is not uncommon for teams to request players go through multiple positions, but that usually occurs for edge rushers. Sims has been viewed by some as a RB and a WR, especially early in his Alabama career.
Feb 20 - 2:30 PM

Alabama QB Blake Sims will also test at RB at the NFL Combine.

Sims has outstanding phone booth movement in the pocket for a quarterback, and he actually began the early portions of his career at RB and WR. Rotoworld's Josh Norris buys into some of Blake Sims' skills because of that natural pocket movement while keeping his eyes up, but a position switch isn't out of the question.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 20 - 10:24 AM

Alabama QB Blake Sims "is a terrific athlete but proved he's not a great passer" at the Senior Bowl, observed TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"His accuracy was questionable all week as were many of his reads and decisions," Pauline wrote. "Sims was effective rolling outside the pocket then throwing on the move and showed ability picking up yardage with his feet. Teams must now decide if he's worth developing at quarterback or whether Sims revert back to his original position of running back." Interestingly, Sims recently told AL.com that he might be amenable to a position switch at some point. At the moment, however, Sims wants to stay behind center and told a reporter at the Senior Bowl that "he proved to the world" that he "can play quarterback." Pauline clearly disagrees.
Jan 29 - 10:15 PM

Alabama QB Blake Sims mentioned last week at the Senior Bowl that "he proved to the world" that he "can play quarterback," Al.com's Michael Casagrande reports.

"I think, after the season I had and talking to coach (Nick) Saban and coach (Lane) Kiffin, I think I proved to the world I can play quarterback," Sims said last week in Mobile before the Senior Bowl. The Alabama prospect played running back early in his career, and notes that could be an option down the road. However, Sims doesn't seem like he's ready to make a position switch anytime soon. Our own Josh Norris is higher on the Alabama signal-caller than most. "I am not saying Sims is perfect, as he definitely has frenetic placement," Norris wrote. "However, I really like his functional mobility to win inside and outside of structure and arm to test multiple levels."
Source: Al.com
Jan 28 - 3:14 PM

Alabama QB Blake Sims has been invited to the NFL Combine.

Sims just finished an up and down week at the Senior Bowl, which matches his tape. Rotoworld's Josh Norris observed Sims was more accurate when more defenders were on the field (7 on 7s, team exercises) compared to throwing against air or in 1 on 1s. That odes not bode well for throwing at the Combine.
Jan 28 - 10:33 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote that Alabama senior QB Blake Sims was inconsistent at the Senior Bowl.

"He tends to get in a funk at times and his confidence drops, but when in rhythm, Sims has looked like the best quarterback in Mobile at times," Brugler wrote. "He buzzed accurate passes all over the field and didn't shy from making tough reads, testing downfield windows and not just checking down during seven-on-seven drills." Rotoworld's Josh Norris is higher on the Alabama signal-caller than most. "I am not saying Sims is perfect, as he definitely has frenetic placement," Norris wrote. "However, I really like his functional mobility to win inside and outside of structure and arm to test multiple levels."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 26 - 7:25 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote that he doesn't believe Alabama senior QB Blake Sims "has the makings of an NFL quarterback."

Tell us how you really feel, Tony. Rotoworld's Josh Norris remains far higher on the Alabama signal-caller. "I am not saying Sims is perfect, as he definitely has frenetic placement," Norris wrote. "However, I really like his functional mobility to win inside and outside of structure and arm to test multiple levels."
Jan 23 - 7:33 PM

While coaching Tennessee, Alabama OC Lane Kiffin recruited QB Blake Sims as a WR, a source told Josh Norris.

Sims obviously signed with Alabama out of high school and played running back after redshirting his first season. Sims then spent time as a backup quarterback before being Kiffin's starter during his first year calling the offense. Sims is currently participating in the Senior Bowl.
Source: Rotoworld
Jan 21 - 1:16 PM

Alabama QB Blake Sims arrived at the Senior Bowl standing 5'11.5" and 199 pounds with 9" hands.

Many consider 9" the threshold for quarterback hand size. Sims has a great chance to show off his mobility and downfield arm in Mobile, however, he has major placement issues despite putting together a few highlight reel throws.
Jan 20 - 12:07 PM

Alabama beat writer Marquavius Burnett notes that Alabama senior QB Blake Sims "has not had any talk about changing positions."

"Spoke with Blake Sims. Said there hasn't been any talk about changing positions. Said he's "quarterback all the way," Burnett wrote. The Crimson Tide prospect will have every opportunity to prove himself at the Senior Bowl. The 6-foot, 208-pound Sims can throw downfield and has plenty of mobility to find space. He certainly has flaws and will be critiqued for his size.
Jan 19 - 9:44 PM

Alabama senior QB Blake Sims completed 22 of 36 attempts for 237 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions in the school's 42-35 loss to Ohio State.

Sims added another 29 rushing yards and a touchdown. The three interceptions were MAJOR mistakes for Sims and each displayed different weaknesses (either timing, poor recognition, or inaccuracy). Sims is just a one year starter and will be at the Senior Bowl. This might not sound like the case after this kind of a performance, but Sims has some desirable traits and could be drafted.
Jan 2 - 11:18 AM

Alabama WR Amari Cooper believes QB Blake Sims has improved by "throwing the ball and making decisions faster," while reading defenses better.

"He’s improved everyday. Confidence…his confidence has improved. He’s throwing the ball and making decisions faster. He’s able to read defenses better." The Crimson Tide prospect is capable of making the right decisions and the tough throws, but he does have the luxury of having a wideout like Amari Cooper, who very few defenders can cover. Cooper adds that Sims "can run the ball when everything breaks down" and "throws with a lot of accuracy."
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 04:06:00 PM