Charles Sims is a running back who can succeed in all facets of the game. Atlanta upgrading its running back situation with the addition of Sims would not be a bad idea. According to Walter Football, the Falcons spent some extra time with Sims at the Senior Bowl.
The West Virginia running back started his career at Houston before transferring to the Mountaineers. Despite a change in scheme, Sims had the best year of his career in Morgantown. In a pro scheme, Sims could truly showcase a skill set that would be perfect for Atlanta.
West Virginia University
6'0", 213 Pounds
2013: 12 Games Played, 208 Carries, 1,095 Yards, 11 Touchdowns, 45 Catches, 401 Yards, 3 Touchdowns, 4 Kick Returns, 53 Yards
2012: 9 Games Played, 142 Carries, 846 Yards, 11 Touchdowns, 37 Catches, 373 Yards, 3 Touchdowns
2011: 13 Games Played, 110 Carries, 821 Yards, 9 Touchdowns, 51 Catches, 575 Yards, 4 Touchdowns
2009: 14 Games Played, 132 Carries, 698 Yards, 9 Touchdowns, 70 Catches, 759 Yards, 1 Touchdown
Sims' biggest strength comes from his vision. He understands which hole to hit and how hard to hit it. He understands how to follow his blockers on screens. And on top of all of that, he understands who he needs to pick up in blitz protections.
He's a jack-of-all-trades as a running back who can do everything asked of him. He has some breakaway speed that makes him a home run threat at times. Additionally, he runs hard and finds ways to fall forward so that he gains every yard he can.
Sims' biggest weakness comes from playing in primarily spread offenses his entire career. He's got a skill set similar to Matt Forte's because of his experiences. The only other real knock on the WVU product would be that his top-end speed isn't amazing despite an ability to break off long runs.
How does he fit the Comrade Filter?
Not only has Sims been a captain in Houston, he was a captain for the Mountaineers as well. He's also shown that he's clean off the field and is an ideal Falcons prospect with his work ethic. Atlanta also prefers seniors and college graduates. Of which, Sims is both.
Sims can play a perfect change-of-pace-back role for any team who selects him. His all-around skills make him a valuable addition to a running game. He can succeed both with power and speed, and his exceptional vision only helps him in every facet of the game.
He's an instant upgrade over most running backs as a pass-blocker. As a receiver, he has a unique skill set that could turn him into an instant star in the league if he's in the right situation. The Falcons would need to upgrade their offensive line if they wanted to truly take advantage of his talents.
How he would fit into the Falcons' plans
The Falcons would have to take Sims anywhere from the third to fifth rounds. He'd be someone who could sit for a season or earn his way into the rotation as a change-of-pace back. Ideally, he ends up as a starter after a season and is the franchise back who the Falcons can build around.