2017 NFL Draft

Dion Sims, TE

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

03/14/2013 - 2013 Michigan State Pro Day: Despite measuring in at the same weight Wednesday that he did at the combine (262 pounds), the scout felt that Sims looked to be in better shape during this workout than he had before. This may have contributed to Sims' shaving nearly three-tenths of a second off of his three-cone drill (7.10) after being timed at a disappointing 7.36-seconds in Indianapolis. Sims also improved his bench press totals from 22 to 26 on Wednesday. Finally, he, too, caught the ball very well and showed off the upper body strength he'd shown on tape as a blocker during drills. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Next question: Just like any interview you may have gone through, the players invited to the combine are there to try to get a job. They have to impress their potential employers with intelligence and dedication. Each NFL team is allowed 60 formal player interviews. Each interview can last up to 15 minutes. The topics of conversation can fluctuate wildly from team to team and from player to player.

At 6-5, 285 pounds, Michigan State's Dion Sims looks more like a pass-blocker than a pass-catcher, but he has the athleticism and hands to surprise in the NFL. Besides having significant durability concerns, however, Sims also will have to answer scouts' questions regarding his guilty plea to a 2010 charge of receiving and concealing stolen property, a felony.

While the charges were ultimately expunged, they remain very much on NFL teams' radar, as is Sims' somewhat surprising decision to leave the Spartans early despite missing time in 2012 due to injury, the third time in the past four years in which he's done so. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/03/2013 - Michigan State juniors Le'Veon Bell and Dion Sims are set to skip their senior seasons and enter the 2013 NFL Draft, according to multiple reports. Sims is NFLDraftScout.com's No. 4-rated tight end, behind three other juniors -- Tyler Eifert, Zach Ertz and Jordan Reed -- although they have yet to declare early for the NFL Draft. 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 for 475 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but he was left home at the line of scrimmage to block a lot in the Spartans offense and inconsistent quarterback play didn't help. Michigan State junior defensive end William Gholston remains mum on his decision whether or not to go pro. Draft-eligible underclassmen have until January 15 to decide on their NFL future. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/02/2013 - Another day, another anonymously sourced report of a Michigan State junior bolting for the NFL. ESPN's Joe Schad tweeted this evening that tight end Dion Sims will enter the draft, "according to a source." Bell, Sims and defensive end Will Gholston all have until Jan. 15 to declare for the draft if they choose to leave early. Sims said after Saturday's 17-16 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl win over TCU in Tempe, Ariz., that he expected to meet this week with MSU coach Mark Dantonio to discuss the decision. - Joe Rexrode, The Detroit Free Press

12/29/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: TE Dion Sims missed nearly three full games this season because of injuries but still managed to be named second-team All-Big Ten. He caught 33 passes for 451 yards and two touchdowns and was one of Maxwell's favorite targets. Sims creates matchup problems for almost any defense and the Spartans will need every weapon they can get against the top defense in the Big 12. - The Sports Xchange

12/04/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM (COACHES): TE Dion Sims, Michigan State, has been selected Second Team All-Big Ten (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Despite missing nearly three full games with an ankle injury, Sims earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from the coaches and media. He ranks fourth (tied) on the team with 33 receptions for 451 yards (13.7 avg.) and two scores. His 33 catches and 451 receiving yards both represent career highs. Twenty-seven of his 33 receptions (82 percent) have resulted in either a first down or a touchdown.

"Despite missing nearly three full games, Dion Sims still earned second-team All-Big Ten honors, so that says something about his production," 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." - Michigan State football

12/04/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): TE Dion Sims, Michigan State, has been selected Second Team All-Big Ten (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. The 6-5, 285-pound Sims posted his second 100-yard receiving game of the season (and his career), with five grabs for 102 yards against Northwestern. He had a career-long 44-yard reception from Andrew Maxwell on MSU's second offensive series. Through the first five games of the 2012 season, Sims led the Spartans in catches (24), receiving yards (313) and TD receptions (2). He sat out entire Iowa game and played only nine snaps at Michigan after suffering an ankle injury early in the first quarter of MSU's Oct. 6 game at Indiana.

Sims was selected John Mackey and College Football Performance Awards' National Tight End of the Week after recording his first career 100-yard receiving game with six receptions for 112 yards and a score against Eastern Michigan. He had three catches for 73 yards in the fourth quarter, including a 10-yard TD grab from Maxwell that gave MSU a 16-7 lead. The Detroit, Mich., native had a team-high six catches for 52 yards against No. 20 Notre Dame. Sims recorded a career-best seven receptions for 65 yards in the season opener against No. 24 Boise State. - Michigan State football

10/11/2012 - Michigan State tight end Dion Sims likely will miss Saturday's Big Ten home game against Iowa. Sims, the team's leading receiver with 24 catches, sustained a sprained ankle in the first quarter of last Saturday's win at Indiana. Coach Mark Dantonio isn't totally ruling Sims out this week, but his availability appears doubtful. "You just don't know how that's going to respond here in the next couple of days," Dantonio said. "I think he'll know more when he starts testing, but I don't think he's playing this week." If Sims can't go, he'll be replaced by redshirt freshman Paul Lang, who has one reception in his career. - The Sports Xchange

09/25/2012 - BIG TEN NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 4: Keep an eye on: TE Dion Sims, 6-5, 285, Michigan State: Why you should watch him: Sims, a junior, played basketball for the Spartans his freshman year. He has the prototypical size of an NFL tight end and four games into the season, is realizing his vast potential. He had 6 catches and 112 yards in the second half alone against Eastern Michigan this past weekend and his touchdown catch with 7:19 left in the game gave the Spartans a two-possession cushion against the Eagles. It was the first touchdown Michigan State had scored in more than seven quarters. Season stats (four games): 22 catches, 277 yards, two touchdowns. Player ranking: Sims is the 68th-best prospect and the second-best tight end, according to CBSSports.com's player rankings. Up next: Sims and the Spartans will host Ohio State Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC. - Mike Singer, CBSSports.com


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