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David Sims

| | College: Iowa State
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It's been an up-and-down four years for Sims since leaving the state of Florida to attend Butte Community College in California. After scoring on a kick return, fumble return, a blocked kick return and a missed field goal return as a freshman at Butte, Sims signed with Oklahoma. He failed to finish his academic work in time to play for the Sooners, however, and was forced to sit out of the 2008 season.

That's when he headed to Iowa State, where he was named by the Big 12 coaches as the 2009 Defensive Newcomer of the Year by making 88 tackles, picking off five passes and forcing three fumbles. But Sims was arrested in July 2010 on charges of unauthorized use of a credit card before. He was suspended for the first game of his senior season and stripped of his co-captaincy.

That's a lot of baggage for an NFL team to take on, especially for a safety who spent his FBS days in a five-defensive-back system that limited his responsibilities. Still, he has a knack for finding the football and offers some versatility as a return man. That may be enough to get him a late-round look, but he'll have to stay out of trouble if he wants to make an NFL roster.


Strengths: Thickly built and strong. Quick to fly up in run support and throws his body into ballcarriers. A solid natural athlete who will explode into tackles and separate the runner from the ball. Breaks down and wraps up in the open field and takes smart, sharp angles to his targets. Has the range to run down outside plays and get to the sideline. Tracks the ball well in the air and finds it before displaying a nice ability to leap and high-point the pass.

Weaknesses: Short safety who will be taken advantage of in coverage. Gets caught looking into the backfield and bites on double moves and play-action with regularity. Plays back on his heels and cannot quickly plant and break on the ball in the air. Gets caught with his pads too high in his backpedal and loses balance when asked to turn and run with a receiver. Plays above his frame and does not protect his body when making contact. Decelerates when changing directions and plays in a nickel system that limits his responsibilities. Can be overwhelmed and washed by offensive linemen when playing in the box. Loses concentration and looks to run with interceptions before securing the ball. Carries some character concerns.

--Hunter Ainsley

2010 Season

Sims finished the 2010 season with 96 tackles. The native of Gainesville, Fla., broke up four passes and forced three fumbles. The 2009 Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year made a career-high 17 tackles at Oklahoma in 2010. Sims made a major contribution in Iowa State's win at No. 22 Texas on Oct. 23, making eight tackles and breaking up four passes.

2009 Season

Named by the Big 12 coaches as the conference's Defensive Newcomer of the Year … also received Durwood "Dury" Moss Award as team's outstanding newcomer … equaled career high with nine tackles at Missouri … led Iowa State with five interceptions, including a huge pick at the goal line against Minnesota in the Insight Bowl victory … had team high seven tackles in bowl win … forced three fumbles … made nine tackles at Missouri … led ISU with seven tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles against Colorado … nine tackles against Oklahoma State … five stops at Texas A&M … made nine tackles, forced and recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass in ISU's win over Nebraska … four stops against Baylor … had seven tackles at Kansas … five tackles, including one for loss against Kansas State … made three stops against Army … four tackles against Kent State … intercepted two Iowa passes, returning one 41 yards … led team with 11 tackles against the Hawkeyes … made eight tackles in ISU debut against North Dakota State … also had an interception and a tackle for loss against the Bison … broke off a 60-yard kick-off return.

Off-Field Issues

2010: Arrested in July on charges of unauthorized use of a credit card. Suspended for the first game of the season and stripped of his co-captaincy.

Junior College

Butte CC … Signed with Oklahoma after the 2007 season but sat out 2008 … recorded 72 tackles, three interceptions and five fumble recoveries in 2007 … returned a fumble 99 yards, a blocked kick 98 yards, a missed field goal attempt 106 yards and a kick return 86 yards for scores … played running back as a freshman … coached by Jeff Jordan.

High School

Lettered four times in football and three times in track and field … coached by Art Mecuri.


Born Oct. 20, 1986 … son of Kadesah and Jerome Johnson … majoring in history.


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