Scouting Report, Video Highlights and Predictions for Alabama's Cameron Sims

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IDecember 17, 2013

Scouting Report, Video Highlights and Predictions for Alabama's Cameron Sims

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    Alabama has a talented recruiting class that features many studs. Among the group's top players is 4-star receiver Cameron Sims.

    'Bama isn't known for breeding elite receivers, but things have changed in recent years. Sims could be another driving force in the renaissance in Tuscaloosa, as he is not coming to block every play for the Crimson Tide.

    This is a prospect who warrants a thorough examination.

    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports

Who Is Cameron Sims?

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    From Ouachita Parish High School in Louisiana, Sims is a talented receiver who committed to Alabama in August. He had 39 receptions for 948 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior, per 247Sports

    Sims is a close friend of 5-star offensive tackle and fellow Alabama pledge Cameron Robinson. The talented receiver will be playing in the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game in January. 

    He is 89th in the Scout 300, 100th in the 247Sports composite rankings and 244th in the Rivals 250

Cameron Sims' Scouting Report: Strengths

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    Sims is a tall receiver at 6'3" and 199 pounds. He has good quickness when releasing off the line to immediately threaten defensive backs.

    Sims displays good speed when running routes, but he doesn't run with his head down. The Louisiana native is not only athletic enough to avoid trash at the bottom of his routes, he also routinely looks for holes while attacking zone schemes.

    He will fight his way through press-man coverage and can wiggle away from defenders when coming out of his breaks. Sims isn't timid in crowds, as he does a good job of leaping and attacking the ball with his hands. He appears to play with above-average concentration, and it's clear that he has confidence.

    Sims has the athletic ability to twist his body when adjusting to various throws. Plus, he runs well after the catch. 

Cameron Sims' Scouting Report: Weaknesses

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    It would be wise for Sims to spend some time in the weight room at Alabama. Adding strength and bulk will help his releases and route-running versus big and physical cornerbacks.

    Speaking of route-running, Sims needs to get sharper and more crisp in this department. He should be helped by better coaching in college.

    Finally, he'll definitely need to work on his blocking technique, since he's going to 'Bama. Things such as approach, punch, hand-placement and ability to sustain will need to be improved. 

Highlights of Cameron Sims

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    Above is a highlight reel in the Full Ride video series that features Sims. The first play of the tape is a clip of him showing off his solid elusiveness after the catch.

    Sims also makes several impressive catches on the tape to put his size, hands and ball skills on full display.

More Highlights of Cameron Sims

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    This is a longer clip of Sims making plays versus secondaries in Louisiana. He seems to have a knack for winning battles for 50-50 balls, plus he has outstanding length in his frame.

    He may have better hands than current Alabama receiver Robert Foster.   

Predictions

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    Sims likely will not start as a true freshman, nor will he make a big impact in 2014. His impact will come down the road, but he will make his presence felt.

    He's a better prospect than former Alabama receiver Marvin Shinn. It wouldn't be surprising if he made an All-SEC team before he's done in Tuscaloosa. 

2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map

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    Sims is featured on the 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map!

    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.