Not Everyone Digging Charles SimsJune 17th, 2014
A number of Bucs fans are probably still shaking their heads over the drafting of Charles Sims in the third round last month. Yes, Joe knows Bucs coach Lovie Smith stated right away he was looking for a pass-catching running back.
But not just a few Bucs fans were wondering, “What about Doug Martin?” Joe understands both sides of the coin. Lovie wants diversity and Martin’s fans fear he is being phased out. That’s not exactly true.
There is also one other person who is still shaking his head over the Sims pick, and was the notorious NFL draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki of Pro Football Weekly, who now contributes to NFL.com. Nawrocki, who has been known to offer harsh criticism of highly-rated draft prospects, relays an equally blunt synopsis of Sims’ chances of making it in the NFL, writes Woody Cummings of The Tampa Tribune.
In his book, NFL Draft 2014 Preview, former Pro Football Weekly editor Nolan Nawrocki quotes an anonymous NFL scout with a contrary opinion of Sims’ skills.
“I’m not sure how good his hands are,’’ the scout is quoted as saying. “He doesn’t catch the ball very well. He’s a No. 2 back. Those guys are a dime a dozen.’’
Hhhmmm… the reason the Bucs drafted Sims was because of his hands.
Joe guesses this goes to show how two people can look at one player and come up with far different takes.
The NFL draft is hardly a refined science. It is an inexact and some may suggest it’s an educated crap shoot. Each year proves that. Bucs fans should know by the end of October if Nawrocki had a kernel of truth about Sims, or if his analysis was a swing-and-a-miss.