Charles Sims could prove useful Tampa Bay Bucs backfield

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For NFL fans, the draft is an exciting time, even though every team usually selects at least one player that make fans scratch their heads.

The pick that had Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans scratching their heads this year is Charles Sims, a running back who played at the University of Houston before transferring to West Virginia University.

Sims is an odd pick because the Buccaneers already have three running backs that posted 100-yard rushing games in 2013.

Doug Martin, who became a super star in 2012, was suppose to be the offensive leader in 2013 but went down with an injury before he could make an impact. Mike James and Bobby Rainey showed promise, but neither could contribute to a level that would lead Tampa to a winning season.

Even though the Bucs did not need another rusher on the depth chart, Sims is a strong running back who excels at pass blocking and can be utilized as a passing threat out of the backfield. Sims could be as a Darren Sproles type running back for the Bucs, and could be effective as a third down back in long yardage situations.

Sims’ best numbers came in his senior season where he gained 1,095 rushing yards on 208 carries. He did post a 10.27 yards per catch average out of the backfield, but if Sims wants to succeed in the NFL he will need to find a way to improve his running game and not be just a pass option.

Martin is listed as the number one running back and will see a majority of the carries, but Sims could fight for the change of pace or third down back role if he can improve his running game.

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