#3 Class: Senior Height: 5'11 1/2" Weight: 214 lbs. School: West Virginia Bio:
Big 12 Newcomer of the Year (2013)
First-team All-Big 12 (2013)
Transferred after playing his first three years at University of Houston
Second-team All-C-USA (2012)
First-team All-C-USA (2011)
C-USA Freshman of the Year (2009)
2013 stats: 1,095 yards, 11 TDs; 45 rec., 401 yards and three TDs
Senior Bowl Notes
Sims accepted an invitation to play in the 2014 Senior Bowl in Mobile.
One scout said that Sims could play slot receiver for his team and that scout isn’t wrong. He's one heck of an interesting package with his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. The Falcons offensive staff threw a pair of screens to him to get him out in space on Monday. He's without question the best running back in Mobile.
One of the best match ups all day long on Tuesday was the pass rush battle between Sims andUCLA LB Jordan Zumwalt. Sims more than held his own against the UCLA ILB, but the last couple of reps went to Zumwalt. Nothing pleases scouts more than to see guys compete at that level.
We sat in the stands talking to agents and scouts debating the 2014 running back draft class and, as expected, there was no clear consensus as to the No. 1 back in this draft. The hard part is that the top juniors are not here, but the one senior that continues to impress is Sims. Pass protection. Check. Vision. Check. Burst to and through the hole. Check. Toughness. Check. I heard the words “Matt Forte” and it makes sense. Forte was a relative unknown heading to Mobile after his senior year. After that week, Forte seemingly got more and more attention until the day he was a second round selection by the Chicago Bears. Sims may have played his senior year in a more well-known conference but I gather that people still don’t truly understand how versatile and productive he has been and will continue to be at the next level. Although I like what Wisconsin's James White did during the week, Sims is clearly the best RB in Mobile and making money each and every practice.