Dion Sims, TE

School: Michigan State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Detroit, MI
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 262 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
13974-5

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.682.701.6222 359'4"4.527.36
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Excellent size, speed, agility combo for the position. Tough to bring down after the catch and can rack up yards. Improved technique, including stance, between sophomore and junior seasons. Offensive coordinator Dan Roushar complimented Sims' dedicated over the 2012 offseason to get into better shape and improve his focus.

WEAKNESSES: Significant durability concerns. Sims was limited by various injuries in 2010, including a broken wrist that resulted in him going the final seven games without a reception. Missed almost three full games as a junior due to an ankle injury, and seven games as a high school senior due to a knee injury. Appears to have matured, but will need to answer questions about the felony charge that led to missing the 2010 season.

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Player Overview

Sims was the No. 5-rated tight end prospect in the country by Scouts, Inc. and Rivals.com coming out of Detroit's Orchard Lake St. Mary's high school.

He appeared on his way to an outstanding college career with 11 receptions for 133 yards as a freshman, being named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team by The Sporting News and Rivals.com.

However, Sims' path to stardom hit a major speed bump when he pleaded guilty to a felony receiving and concealing stolen property charge. He sat out the 2010 season, although he did have the charge expunged under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act.

Sims returned to the Spartans in 2011, but was limited to just 12 catches as he played through a broken wrist. He didn't have a single reception over the Spartans' final seven games.

"A lot of adversity, a lot of setbacks," Sims said during fall practice in August, 2012. "But I think it's time to just forget about everything that's made me stronger and just come out ready to go."

The coaching staff lauded Sims' work over the 2012 offseason, including reducing his body fat from 18 percent down to around 12-13 and improving his focus and technique on the field.

Sims went on to catch a team-high 24 passes through the first five games of his junior season. Unfortunately, he would suffer an ankle injury that sidelined Sims for almost three full games. He still finished with 36 catches for 475 yards and two touchdowns.

"Despite missing nearly three full games, Dion Sims still earned second-team All-Big Ten honors, so that says something about his production," Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio said. "He's a big target with great hands. With his combination of size and power, Dion is difficult to bring down, so gains a lot of yards after the catch. He's also a much improved run-blocker."

At 6-5 and 285 pounds, Sims looks almost more like an offensive lineman, but he moves like a tight end with the foot quickness and body control to be an effective pass-catcher. He finished 2012 with just 36 catches, but he was left home at the line of scrimmage to block a lot in the Spartans' offense, and the ankle injury and inconsistent quarterback play didn't help.

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03/17/2013 - 2013 Michigan State Pro Day: Representatives from 30 NFL teams gathered at the pro day held at Michigan State on Wednesday, where nine players went through a workout held indoors on FieldTurf. Dion Sims, TE (6-4 7/8, 262) - Sims ran a 4.82-second short shuttle and a 7.07-second three-cone drill. He also did 26 strength lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. He looked good running routes and catching the ball. Sims has lost a lot of weight (around 40 pounds since the end of the 2011 season), and emerged as potentially the best blocking tight end in this draft class. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

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