They were doing so well.
The Bucs' new brass will have some explaining to do with this pick, adding Charles Sims to a backfield already loaded with young talent.
Enough Carries to Go Around?
The top three backs on Tampa Bay's depth chart are all 26 years old or younger, and that's not even including Jeff Demps, who is fully healthy and reportedly impressed in the team's recent mini-camp.
Unless the Bucs plan to list Demps as a receiver, there's very little chance that all of those running backs make the final 53-man roster this fall. Unless Jason Licht and company have a trade up their sleeve, it's tough to see how all of these backs are going to get fed the ball enough to warrant using a third-rounder on yet another young runner.
More and more NFL teams have been moving to a committee approach at running back in an effort to keep their backs fresh and guard against inevitable injuries.
Nobody knows the importance of this concept more than the Bucs, who lost Martin for the second half of the 2013 season to a torn labrum and then James to a broken ankle not long after. Rainey carried the Bucs through the final few games last season and was fairly impressive.
This pick might tell us a little about how confident the Bucs are in the ability of either Martin or James to return to 100 percent in 2014.
Chuck of All Trades
Sims is arguably the most complete back in this year's class. His quickness and vision make him an effective runner, and his pass-protection skills and ability to catch the ball out of the backfield make him a three-down player who can give the Bucs what they need in any situation.
The Bottom Line
The Big 12's Offensive Newcomer of the Year in 2013, Sims tallied 1,496 total yards in his only season with the Mountaineers. Drawing comparisons to Matt Forte, it's hard to argue with the overall talent of the Bucs' new running back. What remains to be seen is if he ends up being worth the Bucs passing on other positions of need in the third round, especially when the Bucs don't pick again until the fifth round.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!