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Blake Sims | Quarterback

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

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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." Jan 26 - 7:25 PM
Source: CBS Sports

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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

Alabama QB Blake Sims has accepted an invitation to play in the 2015 Senior Bowl.

Sims joins ECU's Shane Carden as the only two acceptances at the position. Many have doubted Sims throughout the season. In fact, one non-SEC coach told ESPN he thinks Sims is "terrible." Or was, I guess. Sims can throw downfield and has plenty of mobility to find space. He certainly has flaws and will be critiqued for his size.
Thu, Dec 11, 2014 10:49:00 AM

Alabama redshirt senior QB Blake Sims was named the MVP of the SEC Championship following his team's 42-13 win over Missouri.

Sims was ultra-efficient in completing 24-of-27 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns. It certainly helped that Missouri's Shane Ray was ejected in the second quarter for leveling a late hit on the quarterback. Sims stood in tough and hit DeAndrew White for a 58-yard touchdown on the play, tossing a perfectly thrown ball deep down the middle. Earlier this week, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observed that Sims had "intriguing tools," writing that his arm strength and athleticism, coupled with his toughness, at least somewhat off-set the fact that he's still raw as a passer. An NFL team might take a chance on him in the late rounds.
Sat, Dec 6, 2014 08:20:00 PM

Alabama redshirt senior QB Blake Sims "has intriguing tools that could make him a late rounder next spring," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes.

"With only a dozen starts under his belt, he is still unrefined in several areas, leading defenders to his intended targets and struggling to consistently work through his reads when the initial progression isn't there. But Sims has the arm strength, athleticism and resilient attitude that keep me from giving up on his NFL future," Brugler writes. While some may question his size and decision-making, Brugler believes Sims wins with his mobility, and "does a terrific job moving the pocket and extending plays with his legs, stressing defenders in coverage."
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 03:42:00 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote that scouts would "appreciate" the throws that Alabama redshirt senior QB Blake Sims made against Mississippi State on Saturday.

Sims completed 19-of-31 passes for 211 yards. On the surface, it doesn't look very impressive, but Rang believes that "timing and difficulty" of the senior's passes would stand out to scouts. The CBS analyst noted that Sims "showed impressive poise at the most critical moments in this contest, including running and throwing for first downs on a demoralizing 15-play scoring drive in the fourth quarter," and that the senior "showed touch on deep passes down the middle as well as impressive arm strength to the perimeter." Sims is capable of making the right decisions and the hard throws, but it should be remembered that he also has one heck of a safety blanket in receiver Amari Cooper, who very few corners can cover.
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 04:39:00 PM

Alabama redshirt senior QB Blake Sims completed 20-of-45 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns on Saturday.

The 45 passing attempts were 12 more than he had attempted in a game this season. As you might be able to tell by the relatively low yardage total, Sims wasn't averaging many yards on his throws. Just 4.94. He hooked up with junior wideout Amari Cooper in the second quarter on a 23-yard touchdown pass, though Cooper did most of the work there. Some analysts, like CBS Sports' Dane Brugler, like Sims, but it's hard to envision him running an NFL offense.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 07:46:00 PM

NFL.com's Charles Davis wrote that Alabama redshirt senior QB Blake Sims has played well for someone who wasn't even expected to have the job in the preseason.

Davis noted that despite a bumpy road at times--such as an ugly loss to Ol' Miss--Sims has played better of late. "I think he's played some of his best football since then," wrote Davis. "I'm not ready to place Sims in the pantheon of great Alabama QBs, but he certainly has given scouts something to think about in what will be his first and only season at the helm of Nick Saban's offense." This reads as somewhat lukewarm praise. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler has previously written that Sims deserves more attention as a draftable prospect.
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Oct 30, 2014 05:34:00 PM

Al.com reports that Alabama redshirt senior QB Blake Sims plans on working on his "footwork and getting the ball out faster."

"Just keep working on my footwork and getting the ball out faster," Sims told Greg McElroy on his Sirius XM radio show. "I think one thing that everybody's going to see that I'm working on right now that they will see at LSU is that I will be getting the ball out much faster." The Crimson Tide prospect completed 14-of-24 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's win against Tennessee. Sims also rushed six times for 42 yards and added a score on the ground.
Source: Al.com
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 02:52:00 PM

Alabama redshirt senior QB Blake Sims completed 16-of-27 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's win against Texas A&M.

He didn't throw an interception and added 54 yards and a score on the ground. Sims had struggled in the school's past two games -- both road trips -- leading many to sour on him and pine for backup Jake Coker. A non-SEC coach told ESPN last week that Sims "is terrible." That probably wasn't fair. Sims has been outstanding at home in 2014, and has struggled on the road. Sounds like most first-year starting QBs.
Sat, Oct 18, 2014 10:35:00 PM