Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia
6-0, 214, 4.48
Sims has a good combo of size and athleticism. Tall, athletic build with the frame to add more weight. Great feet for a runner six feet tall. Good vision and will find cutback lanes. Will hit the hole decisively. Good initial quickness. Works well between the tackles and can bounce it outside. Doesn’t dance behind the line. Runs with enough power and balance to break arm tackles. Shows some potential as a pass blocker. His greatest assets are natural hands. Can make a defender miss in the open field. Has good speed, but doesn’t play quite as fast as his 4.48 40 time. Finishes games as witnessed by his long 4th quarter TD run vs. Baylor. Can play on third downs right away.
Played exclusively from the shotgun spread and pistol formations at WVU. Not a power back or pile mover. Runs upright. A little narrow in the lower half. Small hands (8 1/4”), but that hasn’t effected his receiving ability or ball security. Needs to show more attitude picking up blitzers. Would rather go low than meet defenders head-on. Not a lot of long runs despite athleticism.
Sims finished his senior year with 1095 yards averaging 5.3 per carry and 45 receptions in a pass heavy offense. He will make his money on third downs early in his career. Could develop into a starter if he adds strength and acclimates well to a pro style offense. In the mold of Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte. 3rd round.
Right now it looks like the backfield is crowded in SF. But Frank Gore is probably in his last year, Dixon and/or Lamichael James could get replaced and there is still a question whether Marcus Lattimore will regain his form and be reliable. If Sims falls into day 3, who couldn’t use a solid 3rd down back? Thinking outside the box, could Sims be a good fit in a Delanie Walker swiss army knife role? Doesn’t fit Baalke’s long-armed, big-handed profile. Charles Sims should also probably be a target in your dynasty PPR league.