Nov 30, 2013; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers running back Charles Sims (3) runs with the ball for a touchdown during the second quarter of the game against the Iowa State Cyclones at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Grading the Pick: Charles Sims

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a surprising move by selecting West Virginia running back Charles Sims 69th overall adding to an already crowded backfield.

Doug Martin, Mike James, Bobby Rainey and Jeff Demps already holds roster spots and Sims can now be added to that equation.

But where Sims fits is a mystery and it doesn’t appear apparent from the outset.

He’s clearly not the starter, and it doesn’t appear as though he’ll be unseating James or Rainey for playing time behind Martin. Additionally, he’s a similar player to Demps in terms of speed and athleticism.

However, during his college career, where he spent three years at Houston before playing his senior season at WVU, he caught 203 passes for 2,108 yards, so perhaps the thinking is that he can be moved to wide receiver. With his speed and frame size he could perhaps be an option at slot receiver, but that is purely speculation.

The majority of the passes he caught in college were screens or quick passes to the flat so it’s clear he can make plays as a receiver, and that ultimately seems to be the logical position for Sims on the roster.

It’s great to see the Bucs are addressing their offense, which has been highlighted in their first three picks, although the fact they haven’t drafted an offensive lineman yet is a surprise.

Sims will provide Lovie Smith and Jeff Tedford another weapon on offense who can make plays, but overall, this pick would have been better off served being used on a position that is in more need of depth —running back was not one of those positions.

If Sims moves to receiver this grade could improve, but if he stays as a running back, at a position that is already deep, it doesn’t appear to be a smart pick.

The excitement of what Sims can do on the field (although that exists in Demps already) saves this grade from really failing, but overall it’s hard to give this selection a lot of praise.

Final Grade: D

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  • Jeff Vozeh

    That’s a bad pick, we have demps who can do what he can do.Oakland just picked gabe Jackson a guard he should have been picked by us.

  • 65yt

    If he is like Sproles from NO I’d say B.
    Between the TE and the RB, looks like they are trying to mirror New Orleans roster from last season.

  • Michael Rossi

    Why does everyone think demos is a lock to play well.. any proof to that theory???

    • Jayson Kaplan

      Exactly. Sims also offers something Demps doesn’t, he can pass protect which means he’s not a liability out there on non-running plays. I have no problem with this pick. It just means more competition for the spots behind Martin.

  • MJR

    I like the pick – you could potentially have Martin and Sims on the field with Vjax, evans, and ASJ. That would be a problem for the D. I think OL help comes in next 3 rounds, undrafted players, or summer free agency.

    • Devon

      I agree with both Sims and Martin on the field at the same time, Sims was a beast in college and some compare him to Matt Forte (a Lovie guy) . Me personally I think their gonna use Demps more on special teams and the slot.

  • Dustin Hull

    Everybody has been talking about us not needing another running back, and that’s probably true. But the worst part of was the fact that Tre Mason, a Heisman finalist, 1,800 yard rusher, and downhill machine who did all of this in SEC, was overlooked. He should have been a second rounder easily, he falls in our laps, and we pick this guy. Not saying he’s not talented, but St.Louis got a gift 6 picks after us.

    • Jayson Kaplan

      A) We needed a TE FAR more than a RB and couldn’t pass on Seferian-Jenkins at that point.
      B) No disrespect to Tre Mason, but winning the Heisman means exactly nothing.