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Charles Sims – Running Back: West Virginia (6’0″, 215)

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He shows excellent balance and body control. Good vision and shows patience to allow his blocks to happen.  He reads his blocks well, especially in the outside zone game and the screen game.  Quick to get to the edge where he is most successful.  Can plant his foot in the ground, get vertical, and make perimeter defenders miss.  He lacks tremendous quickness, but can get out on the edge when he sees the hole open up.  In the open field, he has the ability to stop on the dime and change direction, which makes him a very tough back to open-field tackle.  Once he makes the first tackler miss, he has the ability to get to the next gear and get to top speed quickly, which led to a lot of his big gains at West Virginia.  A willing and able pass and run blocker with room for improvement.  In the passing game, he has very reliable hands and shows a level of comfort catching the ball. Catches the ball using his hands and uses his body well when shielding off defenders.  He wasn’t asked to run a variety of routes in college, but excelled in all facets of the pass game. Has the ability to make short screen passes into long gains because of his ability to cut and make a defender miss on the outside.  He was used in the pass game more at Houston than West Virginia (transfer), but showed natural ability to contribute both as a blocker and as a route runner in the passing game.


He needs to add size to his frame, particularly in his lower body.  Gets to the edge well, but often gets tackled by an individual defender due to his undersized lower body.  His feet have a tendency to stop moving when a defender goes to tackle him, which doesn’t allow him to get many yards after first contact.  Runs a bit high, leaving him susceptible to a big hit or even a fumble.  He has relatively small hands, which leads to ball security concerns.  When running between the tackles, he is a little too patient for a hole to open up, which results in a lot of little to no gains. Hesitant to find the hole, which is something that will need to improve if he wants to become an every down back in the NFL. Although he is a willing blocker, he needs to attack defenders more aggressively and keep leverage by lowering his hips and widening his base in order for teams to trust him enough to play on third down.

Overall Impression:

Shows a dynamic ability to make people miss on the perimeter.  Can be a dependable back out of the backfield in the passing game and will make perimeter defenders miss, resulting in big gains.  He played in a “Run-and-Shoot” system at Houston and a “Pistol” formation Spread Offense at West Virginia, which would make him a nice prospect for a team with a zone-blocking scheme.  He runs a bit too tall, which will lead to ball security issues and big hits in the NFL.  He lacks tremendous straight line speed, but has plenty of quickness and shiftiness to succeed in the NFL.  He can move well laterally, change direction and make people miss on the outside, but lacks the bulk in the lower body to run between the tackles in short yardage situations and break tackles.

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He probably doesn't see the 3rd day.  Can the Jets justify spending a 3rd rounder on a RB with the needs at hand?  At this point, I'd say not only no...


A good player but lacks that burner edge speed that would complement Ivory so well (like Goodson).  I understand they will meet with Dri Archer soon. 


Watch for Jerick McKinnon from Georgia Southern as a match for this RB corps.  A 4th-5th round prospect who played QB but is entering as a RB like Denard Robinson did recently.

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I don't see him as a starter, but he would be great if the Jets use him like they used Tomlinson while he was here.




I would prefer Dri Archer but I have no clue where he will be drafted. I have seen him drop to the 7th yet i saw one mock where he was going in the first to the Browns.

Sims isn't nearly as fast as archer but archer is a tweener at best, Sims is a running back that just so happens to have joysticks for ankles...like archer. Sims should be used on 3rd downs but is tall and thick enough to play more if you have injury to the position. I cant see archer running between the tackles on the nfl level the way I believe Sims can. 

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