Potential Draft StealMay 12th, 2014
Joe knows a lot of Bucs fans shook their heads, and maybe dropped their beers, when the Bucs selected running back Charles Sims in the third round Friday night.
Wait a minute? A running back? The deepest unit on the team and you add a running back?
Well, prior to the draft, BSPN’s Big XII blogger Max Olson predicted Sims would be a potential steal for any team because of his receiving skills.
If West Virginia running back Charles Sims lands with the right team, he’ll have a chance to make a lot of other organizations look stupid for passing on him.
In today’s NFL, where you better have two good backs even if you have Adrian Peterson, Sims has the potential to be a special commodity. He probably would’ve been drafted off his resume at Houston, but what Sims achieved in his lone season at West Virginia opened a lot of eyes and should’ve significantly boosted his stock.
What he’ll bring to the table for whomever drafts him is all-purpose playmaking. You will not find another back in this draft who has 2,000 receiving yards on their resume. Big 12 defenses knew they had to stop Sims and he still went for a combined 1,496 yards rushing and receiving in 2013.
Olson goes on to write that people who play fantasy football (Joe does not; he’s into other types of, ahem, fantasies) would be wise to select Sims this summer in your beer-soaked drafts.
Joe thought the pick of Sims was quite odd at first, especially given how razor-thin the offensive line is. Then when Bucs coach Lovie Smith stated he was specifically looking for a running back who could catch, making the former high school receiver a newest member of the Bucs made all the sense in the world.
Then when Bucs general manager Jason Licht said Sims could, at times, line up as a slot receiver, his selection seemed like a no brainer.