Charles Sims NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Buccaneers RB

Ryan Lownes@@ryanlownesFeatured ColumnistFebruary 19, 2014

West Virginia running back Charles Sims (3) runs for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA football game, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
Jim Cowsert/Associated Press

Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia (HT: 6'0”, WT: 214 lbs)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Third Round: 69th Pick 

NFL Comparison: Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears



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  • Has the speed and acceleration to turn the corner, hurting opponents outside the tackles. Shows the burst to explode through the hole and create separation as a receiver
  • Nimble feet, side-steps defenders and possesses good lateral agility. Can lengthen or shorten his stride, changing speeds effectively
  • Tremendous receiver out of the backfield. Caught more than 200 passes over the course of his college career. Displays soft hands and the ability to run routes from the slot as well as the backfield
  • Capable of tracking the ball downfield and adjusting to poorly thrown passes
  • Shows some wiggle in the open field. Fairly elusive runner that can make the first man miss with a juke or spin move
  • Runs with a new energy when he finds daylight, flashing the ability to make strong cuts in space, leaving would-be tacklers guessing in the open field
  • Looks the part. Very good size and athletically built at 6’0”, 214 pounds
  • Decent balance, breaks flimsy tackles and can be tough to bring down from an indirect angle
  • Can make himself skinny when hitting the hole
  • Has the raw tools to be a solid blocker, with the feet to mirror defenders. Flashes the willingness to get his hands dirty
  • Some special teams experience, played on the kick return occasionally at West Virginia
  • Was the best running back throughout the Senior Bowl week



  • Not a very powerful or rugged runner, does not grind out the tough yards between the tackles
  • Questionable vision, struggles in traffic. Is prone to pausing in the backfield and losing yardage
  • Lacks physicality and refined pass protection technique. Is too often passive, letting defenders into his frame
  • Has a tendency to bounce runs outside and has a somewhat finesse style
  • Inconsistent leg drive, often stopping his feet on contact. Does not push the pile
  • Chops his feet to change direction
  • Lacks elite top-end speed. Does not appear to have the extra gear necessary to pull away from NFL defensive backs
  • Poor instincts for picking up blocks in space, can be late to react and often looks lost
  • Not made for short-yardage situations
  • Must improve pad level, does not lower his shoulder and punish tacklers. Does not always finish runs
  • Needs time with NFL weight training and coaching. While built impressively, he lacks functional strength at this point
  • Was hampered by an ankle injury in 2012


Rushing Statistics
2013West Virginia20810955.311
Receiving Statistics
2013West Virginia454018.93


Personal Notes

  • Transferred to West Virginia for his redshirt senior season
  • First team All-Big XII 2013
  • Offensive Newcomer of the Year 2013
  • Second team All-Conference USA 2012
  • First team All-Conference USA 2011
  • Redshirted 2010
  • Conference USA Freshman of the Year 2009
  • Graduated in May 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in health 


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Following a transfer from Houston, Charles Sims quickly carved out a significant role at his new school and excelled against higher competition. A one-cut runner with good burst and agility for his size, he fits best into a zone blocking scheme. While he excels as a receiver, his deficiencies as a blocker could potentially keep him from seeing significant time early in his career. He does not have the skill-set of a grinding NFL workhorse running back, but he has potential to be a key contributor in a backfield committee.


Draft Projection: Third-Fourth Round


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