Photo of Dion Sims
Drafted By: Dolphins
  • Round 4
  • Pick 9
  • Overall 106

Combine Results

67.0 ?
  • 4.75 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 22 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 35.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 112.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.36 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.52 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 12.10 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"I thought he was one of the best in-line, blocking tight ends in this draft, along with Travis Kelce. It's a copy-cat league, and (Rob) Gronkowski just blew the whole thing up." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'5" Height
  • 33 1/8" Arm Length
  • 262LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/2" Hands


Although Sims only played in two games as a senior and had just four catches for 86 yards (21.5 avg.) and one touchdown, people were well aware of his skills from the year prior. As a junior, Sims earned first-team all-state, first-team all-area and first-team All-Oakland County honors. He hauled in 29 passes for 604 yards (20.8 avg.) and three touchdowns. 11 of his 29 catches resulted in gains of 20 or more yards. He also showed off his athletic ability, as he also started at linebacker, where he recorded 39.5 tackles, with seven resulting in losses including 2.5 sacks.

Michigan State was eager to inject some new talent into their offense, and thus Sims saw the field immediately. He appeared in all 13 games, catching 11 passes for 133 yards and three touchdowns. Sims took a redshirt for the 2010 season, but came back in 2011 and saw action in all 14 games. Sims caught 12 passes for 99 yards and three touchdown receptions. He played the second half of the season with a broken hand. In his redshirt junior season, Sims caught 36 passes for 475 yards and two touchdowns.



Has a massive frame, which makes him an inviting targets for quarterbacks to throw to. Soft hands and who catches the ball off of his frame. Uses his size to shield defenders from making a play on the ball. Tough to tackle with the ball in his hands, falls forward. Gains speed in the open field. Understands positioning and shows nimble feet as a run blocker. Good foot quickness as a pass blocker.


Has trouble adjusting to difficult throws. Stiff in the hips, and not overly flexible. Slow to get off the line of scrimmage, takes time to get out of his stance. Not a mauling blocker like his size would indicate. Hands are often outside of the frame of the defender. Lunges at his blocking assignments. Will have his head down when blocking.

NFL Comparison

Scott Chandler

Bottom Line

Sims is an intriguing prospect mostly due to the open field speed that he possesses on a 6-foot-6, 285-pound frame. Sims is a good pass blocker, and has a soft pair of hands. However, he doesn't always use his size in the run game, and he struggles to bring in the difficult catch. He will likely be a mid-round selection.
Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.