Photo of Charles Sims
Drafted By: Buccaneers
  • Round 3
  • Pick 5
  • Overall 69

Combine Results

5.37 ?
  • 4.48 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 17 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 37.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 126.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.16 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.30 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"He's as good a receiver out of the backfield as any running back in this draft." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'0" Height
  • 31" Arm Length
  • 214LBS. Weight
  • 8 1/4" Hands


Was a three-star recruit from Houston who stayed home to play for the Cougars. The true freshman earned the Conference USA Freshman of the Year Award after rushing 132 times for 698 yards (5.3-yard average) and nine touchdowns to lead the squad in yards and touchdowns. Played in all 14 games (nine starts) and caught 70 passes for 759 yards (10.8) and one touchdown -- fourth-leading receiver in Cougars' high-octane offense. Sat out the '10 season after being ruled ineligible by the NCAA but was allowed to redshirt. Returned to lead the team in rushing in '11, producing 110-821-9 (7.5) on the ground and contributing 51-575-4 (11.3) as a receiver in 13 games (nine starts). Did not play against North Texas. Was named the team MVP in '12 after tallying a team-high 142-851-11 (6.0) rushing and 37-373-3 (10.1) receiving in only nine starts. Dealt with leg injuries all year, missing the Tulsa and Tulane games (sprained right ankle) and UCLA (groin) in addition to sitting out the second half of three games. Graduated in May of '13 with a health education degree and asked to be released from his scholarship but UH put a number of restrictions on his transfer -- no Texas schools, no American Athletic Conference teams and no one on their '13 schedule. Chose West Virginia over California and was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year after racking up a team-high 208-1095-11 (5.7) on the ground and tied for team lead in receptions with 45-401-3 (8.9) in 12 starts. Ranked second in the conference with 1,549 all-purpose yards.



Quick-footed with first-step suddenness and short-area burst. Fluid and fast -- accelerates in a hurry and shows speed to the edge. Explosive one-cut ability -- understands how to get downhill. Loose lower body with nice ankle flexion to cut sharply. Flashes ability to spin off contact. Soft hands -- catches easily away from his body (had 70 catches as a freshman and averaged more than 10 yards per catch for his career). Creates after the catch. Hardworking and leads by example.


Does not have an ideal build for the position and durability is a concern -- is narrow with a relatively thin lower body. Needs to bulk up. Relatively tall running style. Can do a better job running behind his pads and converting speed to power. Shows some hip tightness. Average tackle breaker (too often grounded by single tacklers). Ran exclusively out of the pistol/shotgun formation. Has very small hands and carries loosely at times. Lacks elite, top-end "wow" speed. Blocking is a question mark. Will be a 24-year-old rookie.

Draft Projection

Rounds 4-5

Bottom Line

Athletic, competitive, tough, upright slasher who is an asset as a receiver -- hands rate among the best on a RB in recent years. Cannot project as a bellcow, but offers playmaking ability as part of a tandem in a zone scheme. Speed and durability could determine ultimate draft value.
-Nolan Nawrocki
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.