Catching, Blocking Key For Charles SimsMay 9th, 2014
Joe had heard about the speed-in-space mantra of new offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford. It seems we have a better idea now of what that may entail.
The third-round pick of the Bucs this evening, running back Charles Sims of West Virginia is that. Bucs general manager Jason Licht said the Bucs rated Sims as having the best receiving hands of any running back in the draft.
Sims began his college days in Houston with the throw-first-ask-questions-later Cougars with record-setting quarterback Case Keenum, now with the Houston Texans. Sims transferred to West Virginia primarily, he said, because his goal in life growing up in Texas was to play in the Big XII Conference. Sims had a relationship with Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen when the West Virginia coach was at Houston.
When Holgorsen took the job at Morgantown, Sims later followed, having graduated from Houston with a year of eligibility remaining.
“I had a great feel for how I would land [with the Bucs],” Sims said. He worked out for Bucs coaches in Houston this offseason and Sims said he hit it off with them.
“I like to do more than one thing. I like to line up as a receiver. I was a receiver in high school. That is where being comfortable catching the ball came from.
“I can be on the field all the time. Pass blocking, I think I improved on that a lot this past year. I think I would be a great three-down back.”
Sims, 6-0, 214, has breakaway speed, clocked at 4.48 in the 40-yard dash.
In his three years with Houston, Sims averaged over 10 yards a catch. Last year in West Virginia, Sims cracked the 1,000-plateau rushing for the first time with 1,095 yards.