Sims considered leaving for the NFL early after rushing for 851 yards and 11 touchdowns and catching 37 passes for another 373 yards and three scores as a member of the Houston Cougars a year ago. Instead, he transferred to West Virginia, where he was reunited with head coach Dana Holgorsen, who served as offensive coordinator at Houston in 2008-09.
Sims was eligible to play immediately as he graduated with a degree in Health Education from Houston in May 2013. He went on to rush for 1,095 yards, adding another 401 yards as a receiver to earn first-team All-Big 12 honors from the coaches and was named the Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year by The Associated Press.
His ability to be an impact three-down player will keep Sims a hot name among scouts despite flashier underclassmen who had thrown their hat into the 2014 class.
STRENGTHS: Possesses a high-cut frame, which gives him an unusual torso for the running back position. His size belies impressive quickness and acceleration, making him a tough target for would-be tacklers. Presses the hole before making decisive cuts with a strong plant foot to burst through the crease. Shows good vision and beautiful acceleration to speed up in a hurry.
Good receiver with excellent hand-eye coordination who caught a team-high 45 passes in 2013. Frequently targeted on screens and quick passes to the flat. Can split out wide and put defensive backs on their heels with a hesitation move off the snap. Shows good burst and understanding of route concepts. Can accelerate to create separation and has the leaping ability to make catches in traffic.
Reliable pass blocker who shows good recognition skills and courage in taking on hard-charging pass-rushers.
WEAKNESSES: Runs with some tightness and lacks natural bend. Sims is tough and physical but doesn't have an ideal body type for the position, running too tall at times with inconsistent pad level and ball security.
05/12/2014 - All offense for Bucs in draft...With needs on the offensive line, the Bucs went a little off-script in the third round and selected West Virginia running back Charles Sims. The Bucs' backfield - already crowded with Doug Martin, Mike James and Bobby Rainey - already was considered a strength of the team. But Licht said he couldn't resist taking what he said was a player with the third-best hands in the draft behind Evans and Seferian-Jenkins. Sims had 203 receptions in his career at the University of Houston and with the Mountaineers, including 70 as a freshman. He also rushed for 3,465 yards in his career. "Running back was a pretty strong position that we had," Licht said. "We still feel that way but this one kind of stood out like the tight end did. We had a chance to get a back that had a versatile skill set and can score points for us. We didn't want to turn it down." - The Sports Xchange