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Dion Sims | Tight End

Team: Michigan State Spartans
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 280

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Dolphins selected Michigan State TE Dion Sims with the No. 106 overall pick.
Sims (6-foot-4 7/8, 262) caught 36 passes for 475 yards (13.2 YPR) and two TDs as a junior before turning pro. He played at over 280 pounds and focused on an in-line position, where Sims is right there with Travis Kelce as this draft's best blocking tight end. Sims ran 4.75 with a 1.60 ten-yard split and 35-inch vertical at the Combine, so he is athletic and may develop into more of a underneath receiving option in the NFL. Sims could see significant snaps as the blocking tight end, an area where Dustin Keller struggles. Sat, Apr 27, 2013 12:39:00 PM

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The Detroit Lions hosted Michigan State TE Dion Sims.

Sims is an intriguing prospect because he lost 40 pounds since the 2011 season and is considered a potential quality inline blocker at the next level. There has been growing interest in Sims, with the Pittsburgh Steelers and many other teams considering him. Sims caught 36 passes for 475 yards last season.
Wed, Apr 10, 2013 09:38:00 AM

Michigan State TE Dion Sims and RB Le'Veon Bell recently had dinner with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Bell and Sims dined on Tuesday night with Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. The Steelers could use another running back after losing Rashard Mendenhall to the Arizona Cardinals in free agency. They're also always looking to add tight ends, which potentially makes Sims a target for the team in the mid-rounds.
Source: Mlive.com
Sat, Mar 16, 2013 08:29:00 PM

NFL.com's Gil Brandt says that Michigan State TE Dion Sims has lost around 40 pounds since the end of the 2011 season.

Sims arrived at the Combine weighing 262 pounds, which was a surprise since many suggested he played the 2012 season at 280 plus pounds. We love the Spartan's size, leading to great blocking potential, but he is a bit soft on first contact and was underused as a receiver in college.
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Mar 14, 2013 09:46:00 AM

Michigan State TE Dion Sims ran an official 4.75 forty at 6'5/262 pounds, with a 1.60 10 yard split.

Sims checked in a lot lighter than expected, likely playing his junior season around 280 pounds. The Spartans tight end has the size to be an excellent inline tight end, but he tends to lose on counter moves too often. The Michigan State passing game certainly didn't help Sims, however.
Sun, Feb 24, 2013 08:52:00 AM

Michigan State TE Dion Sims measured in at 6'4 7/8 inches and 262 pounds for the NFL Combine.

Sims' arms are 33 and 1/8 inches long. We are surprised by Sims' weight, as he appeared to play last season around 280 pounds. It will be interesting to see if he looks more fluid and quick twitch in drills in Indianapolis.
Fri, Feb 22, 2013 08:42:00 AM

ESPN's Joe Schad reports that Michigan State junior TE Dion Sims will declare for the NFL Draft.

This move was rumored for quite some time, and Sims is absolutely one of the top inline options in the 2013 class. The Spartan has a large base for blocking and is agile enough to be a dependable receiver. Michigan State's passing offense was putrid, and Sims was frequently missed when running routes as well as being asked to stay in on pass protection.
Wed, Jan 2, 2013 07:06:00 PM

SI's Tony Pauline tweeted he is "hearing" that Michigan State junior TE Dion Sims will enter April's NFL Draft.

Sims is a very intriguing prospect and presents a frame and skill set that is somewhat unique. At 6'5/280, Sims is a very reliable blocker and was even left in on pass protection very often. That size also comes in handy as a receiver, but Sims does not possess true quickness for the position. Still, a team looking for an inline option may select Sims int he second-round if this report comes true.
Sat, Dec 29, 2012 02:15:00 PM

Michigan State junior TE Dion Sims caught five passes for 102 yards Saturday against Northwestern.

Sims is one of the few easy inline tight end projections due to his massive size and solid blocking. He needs to make sure to keep his weight down, but Sims has the physical play to beat safeties and linebackers at the second level.
Sat, Nov 17, 2012 04:21:00 PM

Michigan State junior TE Dion Sims is practicing in preparation for Saturday's game against Wisconsin.

Sims hurt his left ankle early in October but surprisingly played a few snaps last weekend against Michigan. The Spartans offense continues to sputter, and although he is asked to pass protect too often, Sims is the team's best receiving threat. Expect the junior to play against the Badgers.
Wed, Oct 24, 2012 10:57:00 AM

Michigan State junior TE Dion Sims was seen dressed and throwing the football prior to Saturday's game against Michigan.

According to a beat writer at the game, Sims "hasn't moved around a lot but looks OK." The junior was considered very questionable to play with a left ankle injury that held him out of the game against Iowa.
Sat, Oct 20, 2012 02:10:00 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay revealed that he currently lists Michigan State's Dion Sims as the second rated draft-eligible TE.

"He’s a big guy," McShay stated. "He just has a rare blend of physical tools. He’ll continue to get better and better. I could see him somewhere in the second round range." Sims is currently down with an ankle injury, but has been limited due to the Spartans lackluster passing offense. Still, with his blocking prowess, he's one of the few inline options in the Draft but his lack of speed may hold him back.
Source: ESPN
Fri, Oct 19, 2012 06:25:00 PM

Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio announced that junior TE Dion Sims is officially listed as questionable for Saturday's game against Michigan.

We doubt Sims suits up on Saturday, and that conclusion starts with the junior not being listed on the team's initial depth chart earlier in the week. The left ankle injury may be of the high ankle sprain variety, and the Spartans passing and running games will continue to suffer with Sims not in the lineup.
Wed, Oct 17, 2012 10:31:00 AM

Michigan State junior TE Dion Sims was not listed on the school's early week depth chart for Saturday's game against Michigan.

This likely means Sims will miss his second straight game with a left ankle injury. The junior has been sidelined for the majority of the last two game and the difference in the Spartans passing offense is noticeable.
Tue, Oct 16, 2012 11:10:00 AM

Michigan State junior TE Dion Sims is doubtful for Saturday's game against Iowa with a left ankle injury.

Sims is officially listed as "day-to-day" but he is very unlikely to play against the Hawkeyes. "I don't know that he'll make it this week," head coach Mark Dantonio said of Sims, "but he may make it next week. We'll have to see how he responds in the next couple days, really."
Mon, Oct 8, 2012 03:10:00 PM