Round 3: Bucs Pick RB Charles SimsMay 9th, 2014
The Bucs just snagged a running back in the third round, Charles Sims, the pride of the West Virginia Mountaineers. Huh?
Well, that seals the end of former captain of the inactive list Michael Smith, but what about Bobby Rainey?
And where will Sims get his touches? This sure is puzzling, and it almost fuels Joe’s speculation in April that Doug Martin’s future in Tampa Bay isn’t as rock solid as it appears. Nowadays, taking a running back at the top of the third round is a huge investment at the position.
This pick is especially surprising given how much Lovie Smith has raved repeatedly about Mike James, Rainey and Martin, three guys who each had 100-yard rushing games last season.
Sims stands 6-0 and weighs 215 pounds. He’s known for his great hands. He caught 70 balls as a freshman. He’s great speed, but not overly special.
Does this mean Jeff Demps is toast? The Bucs really tossed a bizarre curveball here.