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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