2015 NFL DRAFT

Charles Sims, RB

School: West Virginia  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Houston, TX
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 214 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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12293-4
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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

05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Buccaneers' picks: Round 3/69 - Charles Sims, RB, 6-0, 211, West Virginia...The Bucs had a lot of depth at running back with Doug Martin, Mike James and Bobby Rainey. But Sims is a bigger back and also has great hands, having caught more than 200 passes in college. He will be a good fit for Jeff Tedford's offense. - The Sports Xchange

05/07/2014 - Five players who should be on Atlanta's draft radar...RB Charles Sims, West Virginia: The Falcons need to add another running back to the stable and Sims would be an excellent addition with his ability as a ballcarrier and pass catcher. After transferring from Houston for his senior season, he led the Mountaineers in rushing in 2013 with 1,095 yards on the ground. Sims played receiver as a prep player before moving to the backfield as a senior in high school and prides himself on being a reliable option either running or receiving. He has good vision to see the hole and hit it, wasting little time getting north-south, as he lacks the explosive feet to beat defenders with shifty moves. Sims isn't overly creative as a runner and lacks natural power, but shows some similarities of a poor man's Matt Forte with his one-cut, upright running style and ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. He will likely be around for the Falcons pick in the early fourth round. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/20/2014 - 2014 SENIOR BOWL, RUNNING BACK: Top player: Charles Sims, West Virginia...With Carlos Hyde dropping out, Sims steps up as the top running back prospect in Mobile this week. He is a tough, one-cut runner who stays upright through contact with his combination of natural balance and power. The Houston transfer is also very reliable catching the ball out of the backfield. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/13/2013 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-BIG 12 SECOND TEAM: All-purpose Charles Sims, West Virginia, 6-0, 213, Sr., Houston, Texas,Sims, a Houston transfer, became the first West Virginia running back since Noel Devine in 2009 to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season, finishing 2013 with 1,095 yards and 11 touchdowns on 208 carries. Sims had a season-high 154 yards in West Virginia's win at TCU, and he also topped 100 yards in games against William & Mary, Georgia State and Iowa State. Sims tied freshman Daikiel Shorts for the team lead with 45 receptions, those 45 catches going for 401 yards and three touchdowns. - West Virginia football

12/13/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB Charles Sims, West Virginia, Sr., Houston, Texas/University of Houston...Sims, a Houston transfer, became the first West Virginia running back since Noel Devine in 2009 to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season, finishing 2013 with 1,095 yards and 11 touchdowns on 208 carries. Sims had a season-high 154 yards in West Virginia's win at TCU, and he also topped 100 yards in games against William & Mary, Georgia State and Iowa State. Sims tied freshman Daikiel Shorts for the team lead with 45 receptions, those 45 catches going for 401 yards and three touchdowns. Sims also made the AP All-Big 12 second team as an all-purpose back. - West Virginia football

12/13/2013 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-BIG 12 SECOND TEAM: RB Charles Sims, West Virginia, 6-0, 213, Sr., Houston, Texas,...Sims became the first West Virginia running back since Noel Devine in 2009 to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season, finishing 2013 with 1,095 yards and 11 touchdowns on 208 carries. - West Virginia football

12/11/2013 - 2013 BIG 12 OFFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Charles Sims, West Virginia, RB, Sr, Houston, Texas...Sims claimed Big 12 Newcomer of the Year honors after rushing for 1,095 yards and scoring 11 touchdowns for the 4-8 Mountaineers. The University of Houston transfer was the second-leading rusher in the Big 12 and ranked 32nd nationally this season while also ranking second in the conference with 1,549 all-purpose yards. He caught a team-best 45 passes with three additional scores through the air. Sims became the first WVU player since Noel Devine in 2009 to run for more than 1,000 yards in a season, topping the 100-yard mark four times including a season high 154-yard performance in a 30-27 overtime win against TCU on Nov. 2. - West Virginia football

12/11/2013 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS BIG 12 OFFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Charles Sims, West Virginia...Sims claimed Big 12 Newcomer of the Year honors after rushing for 1,095 yards and scoring 11 touchdowns for the 4-8 Mountaineers. The University of Houston transfer was the second-leading rusher in the Big 12 and ranked 32nd nationally this season while also ranking second in the conference with 1,549 all-purpose yards. He caught a team-best 45 passes with three additional scores through the air. - West Virginia football

11/02/2013 - West Virginia had been making a bad habit out of giving up leads the last two weeks, and it was making the Mountaineers' fight to become bowl eligible a tough one. Last week, West Virginia gave up a five-point third quarter lead and lost to Kansas State 35-12, and the week before the Mountaineers led Texas Tech by 11 points in the third before falling 37-27. On Saturday, West Virginia gave up a 10-point fourth quarter lead to TCU but came back in overtime with a Josh Lambert 35-yard game-winning field goal for a 30-27 victory over TCU. ''That shows how tough these guys are - to have that happen to us twice the last two weeks, to have the lead and lose it - we did that again but then we still finished,'' West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett said. ''We're a mentally tough team. We prepared for this and our guys deserve it.''

Charles Sims rushed for a season-high 154 yards and Trickett completed 25 of 41 passes for 267 yards and two touchdowns and two interceptions for West Virginia. The Mountaineers (4-5, 2-4 Big 12) snapped a three-game losing streak and continue to fight for bowl eligibility with games at Texas, at Kansas and at home against Iowa State remaining. - AP Sports

10/01/2013 - RB Charles Sims guides West Virginia to upset over Oklahoma State...For the first time since 1963 no running backs were selected in the opening round of the NFL draft. The expectation is that the first running back selected in 2014 will be an underclassman. Baylor junior Lache Seastrunk is the only runner currently among the top prospects on my Big Board. Fellow underclassmen Bishop Sankey (Washington), Ka'Deem Carey (Arizona) and Melvin White (Wisconsin) also have demonstrated intriguing skill sets. West Virginia senior Charles Sims' ability to impact the game as a true three-down threat, however, is sure to keep his name among the backs, regardless of which underclassmen declare early.

Scouts are used to seeing talented skill position prospects on the field when West Virginia and Oklahoma State meet. Sims was the obvious standout in this contest, providing the consistency as a runner, receiver and pass-blocker to be the difference in the Mountaineers' 30-21 upset of the 11th-ranked Cowboys in Morgantown. Sims, 6-0, 205, 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. His ability to make defenders miss helped him rack up a team-high 157 all-purpose yards, including a rushing touchdown. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

10/01/2013 - RB Charles Sims guides West Virginia to upset over Oklahoma State...His most productive catch, however, came after splitting out wide early in the second quarter. Facing press coverage, Sims hesitated off the snap, putting cornerback Kevin Peterson on his heels. Showing the burst and understanding of route concepts to continue earning playing time here in the NFL, Sims then accelerated to create separation, ultimately leaping to catch a pass between Peterson and closing safety Lyndell Johnson for a 38-yard gain. Just as impressively, Sims proved reliable in pass protection, showing not only recognition but courage when taking on hard-charging pass-rushers to buy time for quarterback Clint Trickett.

Sims currently ranks as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 2-rated senior running back behind Arizona State's Marion Grice. 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. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

10/01/2013 - RB Charles Sims guides West Virginia to upset over Oklahoma State...Fresh off of a 37-0 shellacking by Maryland in which Sims was given a season-low eight rushing attempts (35 yards), the Mountaineers made running the ball a priority in this contest. While Sims' final rushing statistics are hardly eye-popping (18 rushes for 60 yards), his most impressive run came on a play in which West Virginia desperately needed a spark.

Facing second-and-10 from their own 3-yard line, the Mountaineers turned to their powerful running back to get them some room. Sims took the handoff and attacked the left B gap, faking left and bursting right to slip through closing defenders at the line of scrimmage and into the open field. A strong cutback to his left evaded other defender and Sims showed off his surprising acceleration to gash the Cowboys for a gain of 25.

Sims was frequently targeted on screens and quick passes into the flat. He demonstrated rare hand-eye coordination for a running back, tracking a hot pass over his shoulder while running parallel to the line of scrimmage that put WVU in position to take a two-score lead with just 1:28 remaining in the game. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/30/2013 - WEEK 5 BIG 12 CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Charles Sims, West Virginia, RB, Sr, Houston, Texas,...Charles Sims had 157 all-purpose yards in leading West Virginia to a 30-21 upset over No. 11 Oklahoma State. He finished with 18 carries for 60 yards and a touchdown with a long run of 25 yards. Sims also tied for the team lead with five catches for a team-best 82 yards and returned a kickoff for 15 yards. - Big 12 football

09/28/2013 - Clint Trickett threw a touchdown pass in his first start at West Virginia, Ishmael Banks returned an interception for a touchdown and the Mountaineers shocked No. 11 Oklahoma State 30-21 on Saturday. Josh Lambert kicked three field goals for West Virginia (3-2, 1-1 Big 12), which rebounded from its first shutout loss in 11 years to outlast the mistake-prone Cowboys. Trickett became West Virginia's third starting quarterback this season after Ford Childress was injured last week. Trickett finished 24 of 50 for 309 yards.

But after taking a 24-14 halftime lead, West Virginia was held out of the end zone in the second half and relied on its defense to slow down J.W. Walsh. Walsh threw three touchdown passes but was intercepted twice. The Cowboys (3-1, 0-1) were penalized 10 times for 96 yards and had four turnovers -- more than their first three games combined. - AP Sports

09/11/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Charles Sims transferred to WVU from Houston and has rushed for 177 yards in two games to rank third in the Big 12 and 42nd nationally. Sims also is among WVU's top pass receivers out of the backfield and a kickoff return man. He scored WVU's first TD of the year and led the team in rushing with 120 yards in his first game. - The Sports Xchange

09/11/2013 - Scouting the West Virginia running game: RB Charles Sims still looks like the key to the running game, but he wasn't used nearly as much as you would expect, carrying 11 times for 57 yards. WVU's only score came on a spectacular 76-yard run around left end. For whatever reason, Holgorsen allowed him only two other carries in the game. It appears that this team is going to have to run at least half the time to get its offense untracked. - The Sports Xchange

09/06/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Charles Sims Transferred to WVU with much fanfare after graduating at Houston and made his debut a memorable one. Scored WVU's first TD of the year and led the team in rushing with 120 yards to rank No. 2 in the Big 12. He has the kind of speed necessary against the Oklahoma defense and is also a solid pass receiver who will spend some time lined up as an inside receiver. - The Sports Xchange

09/06/2013 - Scouting the West Virginia running game: RB Charles Sims lived up to his billing after transferring from Houston and rushed for 120 yards on 23 carries as WVU emphasized the run in the opener. The emphasis of the offense was on running ball with all four tailbacks carrying. The offensive line, led by LT Quinton Spain and with senior Pat Eger bouncing from LG to RG, did a strong job of blocking for the running game. - The Sports Xchange

08/22/2013 - NEWCOMER TO WATCH: RB Charles Sims - A transfer from Houston with one year of eligibility remaining, Sims has been a versatile player able to both run and catch the football. He is really the perfect player for Holgorsen's system and actually had his most productive season as a freshman at Houston with Holgorsen as the offensive coordinator. Sims is the Big 12's preseason Newcomer of the Year after last year making second team all-Conference USA while rushing for 812 yards on just 110 carries and catching 51 passes for 575 yards. - The Sports Xchange

08/22/2013 - Any similarity between West Virginia's team this year and last is purely coincidental. Coach Dana Holgorsen has had to do a complete remake not only on a defense that was the worst in school history last season, promoting Keith Patterson to coordinator and bringing in new coaches to handle the cornerbacks and safeties, but he has had to replace his three key offensive players in quarterback Geno Smith and wide receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, along with most of the offensive line. The result will be a different look on both sides of the ball, Patterson installing a multiple 3-4 defense that will come be versatile both in its looks and blitzes while the offenses strength moves from the passing game to the running game.

It isn't that Holgorsen will throw less necessarily, it's just he is going to have make the offense fit the personnel and his experience is in the running backs. Perhaps the key player is Charles Sims, who transferred from Houston where he led Cougars with 851yards rushing and 11 touchdowns and caught 37 passes for 373 yards and three touchdowns despite being plagued with injury. He played for Holgorsen and started as a freshman when Holgorsen was offensive coordinator at Houston. "I am familiar with the offense already," he noted. "I have basically been running this offense since my freshman year; it is just different terminology you have to learn." He is joined at running back by Andrew Buie and Dustin Garrison, each of whom has led WVU in rushing the past two seasons. - The Sports Xchange

08/12/2013 - TOP WEST VIRGINIA PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. RB Charles Sims (6-0, 205, 4.52)...Seven months ago, Sims was finishing a productive junior season at Houston and debating whether to forego his senior season and go pro. He decided to bypass the NFL and return to the Cougars for the 2013 season, participating in spring drills. But in May, Sims chose to transfer and, in June, announced he would play his final season at West Virginia, eligible immediately because he had already graduated. He will share carries with Andrew Buie this season. But Sims didn't transfer to Morgantown to be a spectator, so expect him to see a lot of playing time in Dana Holgorsen's offense.

Sims knows how to press the hole before making decisive inside cuts with a strong plant foot to burst through the crease. He shows good vision and beautiful acceleration to speed up in a hurry, but he 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. His best asset might be his hands and receiving instincts to be effective catching the ball out of the backfield (88 receptions the past two seasons at Houston). Sims has only a few months to learn a new offense from new coaches and teammates, but he has an intriguing NFL skill set that ranks him among the top-five senior running back prospects entering the season. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

07/23/2013 - West Virginia has a new look on offense in 2013 after losing dynamic stars, including quarterback Geno Smith and wide receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey to the NFL. But the most accomplished offensive starter for the Mountaineers in 2013 isn't a player many would have considered a few months ago, mostly because he recently transferred to Morgantown. Senior running back Charles Sims came close to entering the 2013 NFL Draft last January after another productive season at Houston. Ultimately he decided to return to school for his senior season.

In the spring, Sims announced he was transferring from the Cougars. He enrolled at West Virginia earlier this month and will have less than two months to learn head coach Dana Holgorsen's offense. "We're extremely fortunate to have his services for one year," Holorsen said regarding Sims addition to the roster. "He's a great kid, a tremendous football player." - The Sports Xchange

07/23/2013 - Sims, who wasn't present at Big 12 media day, isn't totally unfamiliar with Holgorsen's play-calling style or the coach himself. "I was fortunate to be able to be involved with recruiting him when I was at Houston and I had him for the first year there in 2009," Holgorsen recalled, saying his only year with him at Houston was probably Sims' best.

With such a dramatic change during the summer, Holgorsen didn't promise Sims anything, especially with junior Andrew Buie entrenched as the starting running back. "He knows what I'm all about," Holgorsen added. "He knows how I coach, he knows what our offense is about. So we need some playmakers on offense, especially after losing 90-percent of our production last year."

Sims already graduated from Houston and received his degree so he's eligible immediately to play for West Virginia in 2013. And Holgorsen added that one of the main reasons Sims transferred to the Big 12 was to increase his NFL draft stock. "We'll put him in position to be able to get that done." - The Sports Xchange

07/21/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-BIG 12 NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR (MEDIA): Charles Sims, West Virginia, RB...Sims transferred to West Virginia from Houston and will play as a graduate student this fall. He compiled 851 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground last year and caught 37 passes for 337 yards with three more scores. He was an all-conference first team pick in 2011 and second team in 2012. - Big 12 football

07/17/2013 - 2013 MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: RB Charles Sims, West Virginia...Sims, a transfer from Houston, rushed for 851 yards last season on 142 carries and 11 touchdowns in 2012, averaging 6.0 yards per rush. Sims also added 37 catches for 373 yards and three scores, earning Second Team All-CUSA honors despite missing three games due to injury. - CBSSports.com

06/21/2013 - Former Houston running back Charles Sims has decided to transfer to West Virginia for his final year of eligibility, according to Fox 26 Sports in Houston. He led the Cougars in rushing last season and is considered one of the top senior running backs available for the 2014 NFL Draft. Sims announced he was leaving the program this spring and considered transferring or entering the NFL Supplemental Draft. Houston gave Sims his release from the program, and he is eligible to play immediately because he already graduated, with a degree in health education.

Sims is rated as the No. 5 senior running back for the 2014 NFL Draft by NFLDraftScout.com. He rushed for 851 yards last season on 142 carries and 11 touchdowns in 2012, averaging 6.0 yards per rush. Sims also added 37 catches for 373 yards and three scores, earning Second Team All-CUSA honors despite missing three games due to injury.

West Virginia lost its big three on offense with quarterback Geno Smith and wide receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey off to the NFL. But junior running back Andrew Buie, who led the team in rushing last season with 851 yards, returns to the West Virginia backfield. The Mountaineers now have a pair of offensive transfers who could start the season. Sims joins quarterback Clint Trickett, who left Florida State. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

06/06/2013 - Houston running back Charles Sims says he is leaving the Cougars, but is undecided about whether he'll transfer to another school or enter the NFL supplemental draft. In an interview with KRIV-TV of Houston, Sims said he has been released him from his scholarship, though he is barred from transferring to another American Athletic Conference school, any school on the Cougars' 2013 schedule or any Division I schools in Texas.

Because Sims has already received his degree in health education, he can transfer to another FBS program and play this season. The NFL supplemental draft is July 11. Sims, who went through spring practice with the Cougars, rushed for 851 yards and 11 touchdowns in 142 carries last season and caught 37 passes for 373 yards. - AP Sports

06/06/2013 - Houston tailback transfer Charles Sims may be forced to look further afield to play out his final year of eligibility after transfer restrictions placed by the Cougars. ESPN's Joe Schad reported Thursday that the Cougars' three-time leading rusher "has been told" by the school that he cannot transfer "to any school in AAC, any school on Cougars' 2013 schedule or any team in state." Per Schad, Sims had been "widely speculated" to be favoring a transfer to Texas Tech, but will now consider either Cal or West Virginia -- schools whose coaches (Sonny Dykes and Dana Holgorsen, respectively) run offenses similar to Houston's Air Raid-inspired attack.

Sims announced his departure from Tony Levine's program in May, saying he had not yet decided whether he would transfer or enter the NFL's Supplemental Draft. But Schad reported that Sims -- who flirted with the possibility of entering the 2013 draft -- still wants to impvoe his stock heading into 2014. Sims leaves Houston with 4,077 total yards and 37 touchdowns, having led the team in rushing in 2012, 2011 and 2009, despite battling injuries in multiple seasons. It remains unclear what motivated Sims' decision to leave the program after saying in January he would return. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com

05/23/2013 - Houston senior running back Charles Sims has decided to leave the school, leaving the Cougars without their leading rusher. "It is with regret and deep humbling, that I am ending my playing career at the University of Houston," Sims said in a statement. "I have a lot of great memories that I will carry with me forever. I want to thank the University of Houston for allowing the opportunity to be a part of its football program. "I don't know what my next step will be. I have one more year of eligibility, therefore I may look to play one more year of college football or I may enter the NFL Supplemental Draft later this year."

Sims said he'll decide soon on his next step. He recently graduated from Houston with a health degree, and wouldn't have to sit out a year if he decides to transfer. Despite missing three games last season, Sims led the team with 851 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. He also caught 37 passes for 373 yards and another three touchdowns. He totaled 4,077 total yards and 37 total touchdowns in his career. - The Sports Xchange

05/22/2013 - Houston senior running back Charles Sims has decided to leave the team, according to a report by Rob Sellers of Rivals.com. The reason behind his decision to leave the program isn't clear at this time. Sims is currently ranked as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 5 senior running back prospect for the 2014 NFL Draft. Despite missing several games due to injury in 2012, he led the team in rushing last season with 851 yards on 142 carries and 11 touchdowns, adding 37 catches for 373 yards and three receiving scores. Sims battled ankle and leg injuries much of his junior season but was expected to be fully healthy for the 2013 season.

After giving serious consideration to leaving Houston after his junior season for the 2013 NFL Draft, Sims had originally planned to return to school for his senior season. "The NFL is my ultimate goal and will still be my goal when I finish at Houston," Sims said in January. "My family and I sat down and carefully evaluated all aspects of the decision and in the end the opportunity for one more year at Houston was the decision we felt strongly about."

Sims recently graduated from Houston with a health degree and wouldn't be forced to sit out a year if he decides to transfer to another FBS program. It remains speculation at this time why Sims has decided to leave the program, but if ruled ineligible for whatever reason he would have the option of entering the 2013 NFL Supplemental Draft this summer. If he decides to go that route, Sims would be eligible to play in the NFL this upcoming season. If he is selected by an NFL team, they would need to forfeit a draft pick from the corresponding round in the 2014 NFL Draft. Last season the Cleveland Browns selected wide receiver Josh Gordon in the second round of the Supplemental Draft. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

 
 
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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
 

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