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Charles Sims | Running Back

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (23) / 9/19/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 214
College: West Virginia
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Bucs signed No. 69 overall RB Charles Sims to a four-year contract.
Sims is ticketed for passing-game duties, but could siphon the occasional early-down carry from Doug Martin, whom the Bucs' current regime did not draft. "He's a bigger back who can run between the tackles," OC Jeff Tedford said of Sims earlier this month. "He runs with a low pad level and catches the ball really, really well." Sims will be a nice late-round flier for anyone taking the Martin plunge. He should be 100 percent owned in Dynasty leagues. Jun 12 - 4:07 PM

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Bucs OC Jeff Tedford indicated that he sees third-round pick Charles Sims as a complete back.

Sims is penciled in as Tampa Bay's passing-down back, but it isn't out of the question that he could eventually push Doug Martin for carries. "He's a bigger back who can run between the tackles," Tedford said of Sims. "He runs with a low pad level and catches the ball really, really well. ... (And) it looks on tape like he can pass protect." Sims is a recommended handcuff pick for Martin owners, and could cut into Martin's workload more than some observers expect.
Jun 4 - 11:54 PM

Coach Lovie Smith said the Bucs used a third-round pick on West Virginia RB Charles Sims because "he gives us a little more in the passing game than what we've had."

The Bucs had significant needs along the offensive and defensive lines, but still chose Sims (ahead of Tre Mason and Davonte Freeman). The man who caught an impressive 203 passes in his NCAA career is going to have an immediate role as a receiver and change-of-pace behind Doug Martin. "We just felt like Charles would bring something else," Smith said. "I'm talking about as a pass catcher out of the backfield. He has excellent hands, great quickness." Martin remains a two-down back.
May 19 - 9:22 AM

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 - 9:48 PM

NFL Films' guru Greg Cosell stated on the Ross Tucker Podcast that he can envision NFL teams likening West Virginia RB Charles Sims to Bears two-time Pro Bowler Matt Forte.

This has been a common comparison among draftniks, but Cosell doesn't study prospects until the NFL offseason. "I don't think he's quite as smooth and fluid a runner as Forte," Cosell said of Sims. "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. And I don't think he'll be a first-round pick, but I think he's an intriguing prospect."
Mar 26 - 8:48 PM

West Virginia RB Charles Sims clocked unofficial forty times of 4.47 and 4.48 at the NFL Scouting Combine.

They're very good times for a back considered "ordinary" in some circles. Sims has drawn Matt Forte comparisons for his size (6'0/214) and all-around game. He is the premier pass protector in this year's running back class, and can now add plus long speed to his resume. Sims is not quite a special talent, but has a chance to play early in the NFL. His on-field "FBI" (football intelligence) stands out consistently on West Virginia tape.
Feb 23 - 3:44 PM