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Rob Sims

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 307 | College: Ohio State
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Sims is an exceptional pass protector with nimble feet to mirror the pass rusher's moves. The four-year starter made a successful move from the demanding left tackle position to left guard prior to his senior year and demonstrated excellent tenacity and the ability to maul his opponents.

The son of former Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Mickey Sims (1977-79), Sims was a first-team All-Ohio selection at offensive tackle during his senior year at Nordonia High School. He started at guard as a sophomore and junior before moving to tackle his last season. He also earned three letters in basketball and two in track, finishing fourth in the state in the shot put as a senior.

Sims worked his way up the depth chart at Ohio State as a true freshman in 2002. He replaced an injured Ivan Douglas at left tackle for four games and dominated the action vs. All-American Jimmy Kennedy in the Penn State game. He started the first 12 games of the 2003 season at left tackle, allowing senior Bryce Bishop to start in his final game as a Buckeye in the Fiesta Bowl.

Sims started 11 games at left tackle in 2004, missing the Michigan State game with a groin pull. He shifted to left guard as a senior, earning All-Big Ten Conference first-team honors for his stellar play. Even though he was relatively new at the guard position, he allowed only two stops for losses and no sacks through 12 games. He finished his career starting 40 of 47 games he appeared in for the Buckeyes.


Positives: Has a typical guard's frame - squat with good overall thickness, large bubble and midsection, long arms, strong hands, good upper body power and adequate short area balance … Improved conditioning prior to 2005 allowed him to be much quicker getting off the snap than in the past … Learning to play at a lower pad level to improve his leverage … Nasty finisher who plays with good effort and physicality … Moves his feet and drives hard to create movement on running plays, and while he is more of a push-and-shove type, he is aggressive enough to gain advantage … Works hard to keep his feet flat in order to generate better balance in pass protection … Lost some excess baggage and it allowed him to be more effective in attempts to chip and land on linebackers when working downfield … Has enough body control to wheel on the defender and get position … Still needs to stay square better in pass protection, but uses his hands with force and has a good anchor … Will rest his hands and usually gets decent separation vs. the opponent … Has the kick slide and foot balance for an inside player, but can be beaten by the speed rushers when working outside in attempts to get to his set point.

Negatives: Has had stamina issues in the past due to poor conditioning and excess weight, but worked hard and improved in these areas prior to the 2005 season … Better working at guard, as he does not have the change of direction agility or loose hips to mirror edge rushers at tackle … Not effective working in space, as his quickness drops off quite a bit outside the short area … Does not have the change of direction agility to redirect inside when beaten … Aggressive blocker with good strength, but needs to generate more explosion behind his blocks … Will get too high in his stance, preventing him from getting a good surge off the snap on running plays … Must learn proper hand placement, as he takes too many wild swings with his arms that fail to connect … Good at extending his hands, but needs better inside positioning with them in order to shove and lock on to the defender's chest … Does not have the stamina to make plays in long distances and will throttle down when having to work into the second level.

Sims is a developing talent who made very good progress in 2005, his "coming out" party at guard. He lacks the stamina, conditioning and lateral agility to mirror defenders when lined up at tackle. He struggled quite a bit to seal off the edge when lining up there and did not have the speed to neutralize speedy pass rushers. With his move to guard, he was able to not be exposed to outside pressure and used his bulk with effectiveness to get a strong push off the ball.

Sims has good size and body thickness to play guard. He could add bulk, but in the past, that led to stamina issues, as he looked slow getting out of his stance. He is a decent athlete who has good balance with above average upper body power and hand punch to shock and jolt. He is a good competitor who works to finish and has the instincts, awareness and reactions to pick up stunts and twists when working in-line.

In the running game, he is a good technician. When he keeps his pad level down, he comes off the ball with some quickness to position and play with good leverage and hand usage, but will sometimes short arm, resulting in a lack of pop. He is not a second level blocker because of poor timed speed, but is generally good to angle block and wall out while staying after his blocks.

Sims shows the ability to pull with enough athletic agility in the short area. He has only marginal feet and balance when having to adjust in space to pick up his blocks. In the passing game, he has good set quickness and the ability to slide in a small area. He is effective to lock on and mirror vs. slower defensive tackles, but when he gets too high in his stance, he has only adequate anchor ability and will give up ground.

Overall, he is a good competitor who has good awareness and decent size for an interior blocker. He needs to be more consistent with his hand placement and keep his head up when asked to play in the second level, but is technically sound in pass protection. His initial quickness in the short pass set needs to improve, but he has the natural playing strength when he wants to utilize it. If he can improve his conditioning and continue to play with the consistency he showed in 2005, he will be a solid performer at guard. But he needs hard coaching to get the best out of him, as he tends to be less than enthusiastic in the work ethic department.

Career Notes

Started 40 of 47 games for the Buckeyes, earning 12 of those starts at left guard and 28 more at left tackle.

2005 Season

All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection … found a home at left guard, where he showed good ability working in combination with the team's center … Produced 83 key blocks and eight touchdown-resulting blocks for an offense that collected 5,068 yards, an average of 422.8 yards per game … His ability to shut down the blitz and stunts helped the offensive line allow only 18 quarterback sacks for the season.

2005 Game Analysis

Miami, Ohio … Flattened linebacker Derek Rehage to spring fullback Brandon Schnittker for a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter … The Buckeyes team gained 382 yards in the season opener … Head to Head Competition-DT Mike Bartz-One solo tackle.

Texas … Emerged victorious from a heated battle with All-American Rodrique Wright, holding the defensive tackle to three tackles (1 solo) … Wright had only one stop in the backfield, taking down Antonio Pittman for a 4-yard loss on a fourth quarter screen pass from QB Justin Zwick.

San Diego State … Collected eight knockdowns, including one that upended defensive tackle Jonathan Bailes on a 14-yard scoring run by QB Troy Smith in the first quarter … Later, he leveled defensive tackle Nick Osborn to spring Smith for a second quarter 1-yard score … The Ohio State offense gained 375 yards … Head to Head Competition-DT Nick Osborn-Two assisted tackles.

Iowa … Produced seven knockdowns and led the charge on Troy Smith's 4-yard scoring run in the third quarter that capped a 10-play, 78-yard scoring drive in the third quarter as the Buckeyes totaled 530 yards … Head to Head Competition-DT Mitch King-Six tackles (3 solos), one forced fumble.

Penn State … The offense struggled, managing 230 yards while OSU quarterbacks were sacked five times for losses of 34 yards … Head to Head Competition-DT Scott Paxson-Two solo tackles, one fumble recovery.

Michigan State … Crashed into nose guard Domata Peko before the defender could sack Troy Smith, allowing the QB to throw a first quarter 51-yard touchdown bomb to Santonio Holmes … Head to Head Competition-DT Brandon McKinney-One solo tackle.

Indiana … Credited with eight knockdowns for an offense that generated 475 yards … Head to Head Competition-DT Charlie Emerson-Three tackles (2 solos).

Minnesota … Did not allow any tackles and posted six knockdowns, including one on defensive tackle Mark Losli in the third quarter that produced a huge hole used by tailback Antonio Pittman for a 67-yard touchdown run … Ohio State gained 449 yards … Head to Head Competition-DT Anthony Montgomery-No tackles.

Illinois … Made five knockdowns as the Buckeyes amassed 526 yards … Head to Head Competition-DT Chris Norwell-Six tackles (4 solos).

Northwestern … Took down defensive tackle Barry Cofield to spring Troy Smith for a 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and the team picked up 422 yards … Head to Head Competition-DT Trevor Schultz-One assisted tackle.

Michigan … Split a hole between defensive tackles Gabe Watson and Patrick Massey that was used by Antonio Pittman for a game-winning 3-yard touchdown run with 0:24 left to play in a 25-21 victory … Head to Head Competition-DT Pat Massey-Four tackles (2 solos).

Notre Dame (Fiesta Bowl) … Took down defensive end Chris Frome as Troy Smith rolled out to find Ted Ginn Jr. with a 56-yard scoring pass … The Buckeyes exploded for 617 yards … Was called for a personal foul when he went after defensive tackle Derek Landri on a 2-yard run by Antonio Pittman late in the first quarter … Landri later beat Sims to tackle Smith for a 3-yard loss on a bootleg with 5:27 left to play … Head to Head Competition-DT Derek Landri-Six tackles (5 solos), one stop for a 3-yard loss.

2004 Season

Started 11 games at left tackle … Had a string of 20 consecutive starts snapped when he missed the Michigan State game with a groin pull … Finished with 40 knockdowns as the offense struggled with a dismal ground attack, managing only 320.7 total yards per game.

2004 Game Analysis

Cincinnati … Graded 85 percent for blocking consistency and made seven knockdowns … Leveled defensive end Trent Cole on a 17-yard touchdown pass from QB Justin Zwick to tight end Ryan Hamby in the second quarter … OSU totaled 462 yards.

Marshall … Had a heated battle containing sack artist Johnathan Goddard, but managed to upend the defensive end on Justin Zwicks's 80-yard touchdown bomb to Santonio Holmes … The team gained 324 passing yards.

Indiana … Posted seven knockdowns, taking down defensive end Ben Ishola on a 28-yard scoring run by tailback Antonio Pittman, as the Buckeyes accounted for 282 yards on the ground.

2003 Season

Took over left tackle duties when incumbent Ivan Douglas was sidelined with health problems (blood clot), starting the team's first 12 games … Did not start the Fiesta Bowl, where senior Bryce Bishop got the nod in his final appearance as a Buckeye … Logged 317 minutes and played at least 23 minutes in 11 of 13 games.

2002 Season

Worked his way into the two-deep as the backup to Ivan Douglas at left tackle … Made his collegiate debut in the second week of the season vs. Kent State … Got his first start three weeks later vs. Indiana when Douglas was sidelined with an ankle sprain, playing 29 minutes vs. the Hoosiers … Also started the San Jose State, Illinois, Penn State and Miami games … Turned in an impressive 36 minutes vs. Penn State and held his own vs. the Nittany Lions' talented defender, Jimmy Kennedy (two tackles allowed) … Did not play vs. Texas Tech, Washington State and Wisconsin.

Injury Report

2004: Sat out the Michigan State game (11/18) with a groin pull.

2006: Could not participate in the agility tests at the Combine due to a right hamstring pull.

Agility Tests

Campus: 5.25 in the 40-yard dash … 515-pound bench press … 600-pound squat … 365-pound power clean … 28-inch vertical jump … 31 -inch arm length … 9 1/8-inch hands.

Combine: Did not participate in individual workouts, citing a right hamstring injury.

High School

Attended Nordonia (Macedonia, Ohio) High School, playing football for head coach Rob Rardin … First-team All-Ohio selection at tackle during his senior year … Started at guard as a sophomore and junior before moving to tackle his last season … Also earned three letters in basketball and two in track, finishing fourth in the state in the shot put as a senior.


Communications major … Son of Brenda and Mickey Sims … Father graduated from South Carolina State and played defensive tackle for the Cleveland Browns (1977-79) … Born 12/06/83 … Resides in Macedonia, Ohio.


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