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May 9, 2014 @ 7:05 pm
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Tampa Bay Drafts Pass-Catching RB Sims In Third Round

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To the surprise of many, the Buccaneers added West Virginia running back Charles Sims in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Sims joins a crowded backfield with Doug Martin, Bobby Rainey, Mike James and Jeff Demps already on Tampa Bay's roster.
Tampa Bay ended the second day of the 2014 NFL Draft by adding West Virginia running back Charles Sims in the third round, which was a bit of a surprise. Sims becomes the third offensive player drafted by the Buccaneers this year after Tampa Bay selected Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans and Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the first and second rounds, respectively.

“Charles is a very explosive athlete,” Bucs general manager Jason Licht said. “He’s got great hands – that was a point of emphasis. Brings us a back that not only has 4.4-4.6 speed as a runner but also as a receiver.”

The 6-foot, 213-pound Sims reminds some of Bears running back Matt Forte, who was drafted by Bucs head coach Lovie Smith in Chicago, due to his versatility.

“Most people would say Matt Forte,” Sims said. “I have seen him play quite a bit, so I would say Matt Forte.”

Sims, who was a PewterReport.com Bucs' Best Bet at the running back position, excels in the passing game as a receiver and a pass protector, and really stood out in that area at the Senior Bowl.

“I think I am a pretty good pass blocker,” Sims said. “I think I have a few things I think I need to work which is technique, but I think I am a pretty good pass blocker.”

Sims becomes an ideal third-down back in a crowded Tampa Bay running back stable that already features Doug Martin, Bobby Rainey, who led the Bucs in rushing last year, Jeff Demps and Mike James, who is still recovering from a broken ankle.

“This guy is the top receiving back in the draft we felt,” Licht said. “I always feel like you can’t have enough backs, especially when they have personal skill sets. So far, we're very excited about today’s draft, so far, as it’s unfolded.”

Sims, who started his career in Houston before transferring to West Virginia after he graduated with a health degree, is a great zone runner with good burst and acceleration through the hole. With 4.48 speed in the 40-yard dash, Sims is a shifty and patient runner with short-area quickness to make defenders miss and get to the second level.

In his three years at Houston, Sims rushed for 2,370 yards and 29 touchdowns on 384 carries (6.2 avg.). His best season came in 2012 when he rushed for 851 yards and 11 touchdowns in just nine games. After transferring to West Virginia, Sims rushed for 1,095 yards and 11 touchdowns on 208 carries (5.3 avg.) in 2013.

The athletic Sims, who has a 37.5-inch vertical leap, was a wide receiver in high school, and the Bucs believe he had the best hands in the draft of any running back. In Jeff Tedford's new offense, the running backs are heavily involved in the passing game.

At Houston, Sims had 158 catches for 1,707 yards and eight touchdowns, including a 70-catch, 759-yard freshman year. In his lone season with the Mountaineers in 2013, he caught 45 passes for 401 yards and three scores.

“He's very effective on third down, but he also has a first- and second-down skill set, too.” Licht said. “So when you can find a back that has all three versatility to play on all three downs, it’s a rarity now a days.”

At the age of 24 and armed with a college degree, Sims brings a great deal of maturity to the Buccaneers. Smith, a native of Big Sandy, Texas, loves football players from the state of Texas, and Sims was born in Houston.
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    Great pick! Now the Bucs have a much more dangerous offense. It's all about matching up. Check Sims out on youtube...Charles Sims - The Weapon. He looks better than Forte! Explosive, shifty, fast, can line up in multiple positions, great hands, great feet, great routes, and he is a bigger guy. This guy just made the Bucs a lot better.
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    What puzzles me jrwilson85 is how people who have nothing more than a tidbit of information, have no knowledge of the organization's analysis of our current roster and have no idea what the master plan is to get this team out of the 4-12 doldrums, can get so angry about the choices made because they don't fit their own remedy to cure the team's ills. We all have opinions. That makes it fun. But in the end we have to trust the doctor and not self-diagnose.
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    I agree scubog. My theory is a lot of them can't run their own life, so they choose to be the best GM in the NFL (IN THEIR OWN MIND !!!) LOL. As added fodder for the no it all fans, ESPN's Todd McShay just rated the top drafting team for each of the 8 divisions. For the NFC South McShay rated the Bucs first !! Apparently he thought the Bucs did good.
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    The thing is Glennon doesn't have to impress our know it all fans. All Glennon has to do is impress Lovie Smith and Jeff Tedford. It looks like Glennon has accomplished that feat and he does appear to be the Bucs QB of the future. I give kudos to ILoveMeSomeFire, WVBucFan, scubog and macabee for keeping an open mind. We got fans who know more than any coach in the NFL because they were stars in high school I guess. If I was listening to fans from Greenbay, New York, San Francisco or Seattle I would probably respect their opinions more. Knowledgeable fans don't make brash statements imo. There is freedom of speech in this country and there is also freedom to be bored by BOORISH fans stupid opinions.
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    For all of us fans that wanted BPA, this is what it looks like. Don't draft for need , draft BPA and then you will sooner, rather the later have a good ALL AROUND team with depth. Tedfords offense has been said that he likes to spread the ball around and you need people that can catch ( number one ) to due that ( think Sims ) Everyone that is screaming for OG help, it will come. It's a long way till SEPT. Plenty of time to fix that. The only thing that I don't agree with so far is saying Glennon is the QB of the future, hard to believe. Remember, solid players get you 4-12 !!
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    Yes Sims might be a good back but so is Martin, Rainy and James so why waste a 3rd round pick on a 4th string rb? You can justify it anyway you want, reality is he will be a 4th string rb period?
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    Great comments macabee & bucsfan524. Same for ILoveMeSomeFire...glad you're excited even though no franchise QB selected yet (McCarren still there, but we don't have a 4th round pick thanks to Dumminik). Looks like Lovie was honest in his statement about Glennon being the QB of the future, & with this excellent coaching group, maybe they can make him just that.
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    Other than Nicks, who is a question mark at this time, none of our current guards are adequate. Most would not even make another team. As for Nicks, even if he comes back we don't know how well he will play. The injury to his foot is one that will always affect him and will always cause some pain. We need to draft at least one guard that can start day one.
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    Did you people ever think that Lovie is confident on Nicks returning and that may be reason we have not addressed the OG position? The coach inherited a bad team , but I can see already where we have improved leaps and bounds! We are not going to be able to solve all of our problems in one season so give these coaches a chance !!
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    I was surprised with this pick, & recall Cutler getting pounded into the ground when the Bears had no O-line when Lovie was there. Having said that, Lovie has the brains to learn from that experience. And unlike several posters, I still have confidence in the GM & coach. Somehow, some way, they will get O-line help, and this offense will be AWESOME! Some have said that if a starting CB or LB go down, the team is sunk. The problem is that the Bucs haven't had any depth since...oh, I don't know...forever! The depth issue can't be addressed in one year for a 4-12 team. So they're drafting BPA, as many posters wanted. Give these guys half a chance! This team will be very competitive this year, and is IMO headed in exactly the right direction.
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    I seldom respond to the comments of my PR brethren. But I need to remind everyone that is so concerned about our draft choices in rounds 2 and 3 relative to our other needs, specifically offensive guard. Do we need help at OG? Yes! But the sky isn’t falling as some of our comments suggest. First, we already have a competent RG. In 2012, Doug Martin rushed for 11 TDs and 1464 yards and 472 yards receiving. Anybody want guess who the ROG was? Jamon Meredith – a terrible tackle, but a damn good OG. In 2013, our pro bowl coaching staff saw fit to return him to back-up LOG and OT and insert Davin Joseph at ROG and they both performed terribly. L&L quickly moved to re-sign Meredith (one of only 2 UFAs resigned), not to a 1 year prove-it contract, but to a 2 year contract with a bonus and appropriate incentives. Give Schiano credit where credit is due - he and Dominik plucked young Patrick Omameh from the 49ers PS last year and he is going to compete for the starting job too. Anybody notice how Seattle and the Patriots (always) keep trading back in the draft. Belichick has discovered something which Seattle has adopted – your skill positions come early in the draft, but the later rounds are where the D-line and O-line gems come from. Licht studied under this man. We have picks left in the 5th, 6th, and 7th rounds. Let Licht do his job. This is a very deep draft, UDFAs this year would have been 5th and 6th round picks last year. Finally, there will be a second FA that starts immediately after the draft as some overpaid veterans are released in favor of lower-priced draftees. Patience my friends, patience is virtue. If today was opening day, I would join all of you in a national grieving day, but not yet. Way too early! Go Lovie! Go Licht!
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    Ok so we didn't get what we considered to be needs... But what we did get was 3 tall fast offensive weapons all with amazing hands... How many times have we complained about dropped balls? Lovie and Licht aren't blind idiots no matter what you may think... They have watched tape after tape and know what we have and what we need... They obviously know what we have in the guys they brought in and that are already here... They know that we have a defense that is on the verge of possible greatness with our new additions and proper coaching... What they knew we needed were playmakers on offense... I mean now we have 4 guys running out with some of the best hands in football that can't out jump anybody... And now we have a RB that is tall and can be bruising and not just bounce off of people and can catch anything thrown his way... Our offense just got 3 times more dangerous... I went to bed baffled but woke up excited... We now have a defense to stop opponents and an offense to actually watch and that can score points... Have some Faith... This is a good thing... There is still a lot of time left to find some gems and some depth... Just wait... When the season starts you will be loving what we just picked up... And if you don't then too bad... Stop bein such whiners and enjoy some football...
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    Just watched highlights of Sims - guys, this is a good pick. Other than Martin the rest of our RB's are serviceable back-ups, period. I was hoping for a guard or O lineman with this pick. But when Martin went down nobody was afraid of our running attack. And don't be surprised if Martin and Sims are both on the field on third down with Sims lined up in the slot. O line is still a problem that needs to get solved, but this guy will compete with Martin and make us more dangerous on offense. I like this pick.
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    What I'm coming away with in this draft is Lovie realizes you need to score points to win games. Yes that's right folks OFFENSE is coming to Tampa Bay!!! How can you piss, and moan about drafting playmakers? Martin is not a natural pass catching back, he hurt himself trying to make a catch, remember? Tedford can line 2 Te's close, 2 huge receivers out wide, and have Simms motion. This draft is giving us endless combo's on offense. Remember the top guards were off the board when we picked, BPA that adds a dimention we didn't have before.
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    I like how everyone says that the Bucs are loaded at RB, when Martin is the only one who is somewhat proven. Rainey had 3 good games but the games that he didn't have a long run he was inaffective, James had a couple good games before getting hurt, and Demps had 3 games and recorded 17 yards and all of a sudden that Bucs are loaded? I know people don't like the pick because they are going off of what COULD be in the Bucs backfield but if you have a Top back like Sims sitting there you get him...
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    Lovie you had better be able to coach, because your drafting sucks. Evans in the first round was good. Sefarian in round 2 was highly questionable. He may be the second best TE in the draft, but several players graded above him and TE is not our biggest need. Once Xavier was picked you should have traded up to get Bitonio. The third pick is indefensible. You reached for a player that is not a need. RB is one of our strongest positions. Three picks and you have not addressed our biggest need, which is guard. This is no way to run a draft.
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    How do you know? Do you do this for a living? I find it odd that you could make the kind of analysis when I am assuming that you did not attend the combine yourself.
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    bucterp, quit acting like buctwerp. We get a new coaching staff and a new GM and right out of the gate you're questioning their judgment. I assume Bucterp means you are also a Maryland fan. Maryland fans are real fans in the true sense of the word, because anyone who can pull for those perennial losers should have no problem jumping on board with the Bucs. The only Terp team I remember that was worth a damn was the 1974/75 team coached by Bear Bryant disciple Jerry Claiborne with Randy White (The Manster) and Louis Carter played for that kicked the crap out of Florida 13-0 in the Gator Bowl on Dec 29, 1975. I was thrilled with the drafting of Doug Martin two years ago when most on this board thought it was a major screw up. Of course now everyone is on the Martin bus. Charles Sims is a major addition and I think he could be in the slot with Martin or James in the backfield. Why keep a player with his ability on the bench. This kid is capable of more than wheel routes and bubble screens. He can plant a foot and fearlessly navigate the middle of the field like a RB. CBs dread matching up with a receiver of his size and toughness. Tedford knew what he was doing. The rest of the league is getting ready to find out how much too !!! The Bucs were not a championship team just waiting to break on the scene before Lovie and company arrived, so you had to figure there weren't that many jobs that were secure. A NEW BROOM SWEEPS CLEAN !!! That sure beats business as usual at One Buc.
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    I am now a full fledged Licht fan despite the release of Revis and the trading of Mike Williams. These first 3 picks are how you win championships. Taking the BPA despite who you have on the roster. That's why I wanted to draft A. Donald; it's the same principle. Sure we have McCoy, but like Licht said who knows what the team will look like in Week 1. Who knows what the team will look like 3 years from now when this draft class is in it's prime. Also, besides Demps all our RB's are pretty much the same size, speed and skill set. Demps has already said he has eyes on the 2016 Olympics so his focus on football is a year to year thing. We finally have a RB who can win matchups in the passing game and no other RB we have has proven he can do that. I now see our RB roster this season as Martin, Sims, James and Demps for special teams. Go Bucs!
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    just to drive home the choice we made...we could have had the top Center in the draft (and moved Smith to OG) or a good OG like Gabe Jackson and stuck with our pretty full RB stable (accepting some guys returning from injury)....instead we have Cousins/Meredith at OG and another RB, which effectively means someone like Rainey will probably be cut. How are we better off??????? This wasn't really an issue of picking the best player available (how is Sims better than Jackson or Marcus Martin), it wasn't even a question of drafting purely based on need, we arguably need a SAM, a CB, a QB, a NT too....it's a question of taking a guy that someone fell in love with (ala all of those Schiano Rutgers/WestVa picks) instead of looking at the whole picture and then taking the best player (for us) available...
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    This pick was terrible, that's all I can say. Basically this guy is going to take reps away from Doug Martin. I agree w/ buctebow...RB and S were the only two solidified spots on the roster. If we don't get an Oline put together and depth for our front 7 this season is gonna be ugly. If one LB goes down we might as well run a nickel package for our base D. I like the TE but we already have a guy named Tim Wright who is our pass catcher...sefarin-Jenkins isn't known for his blocking or YAC either...so far I'm giving us a grade of a D+. Hell, I would have been happy with a CB. Idk if verner or banks are 16games a year type of players- they're both small and won't project well against guys like Julio jones and marquis colston/jimmy graham
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    Funny how people think only about perceived "needs" and so little about acquiring talent. You simply don't go into a draft thinking you have to just take a certain position regardless of the talent level and pass on better players. You don't determine a player's ranking by any of these Mel Kiper and Mike Mayock types as if their publications and opinions are gospel. As Dungy would say, "perception vs reality". No, RB doesn't look to be a "need". Neither did TE. But the reality is two of the backs (Martin and James) are returning from injury, one (Rainey) has been on the fringe of making the roster in all of his previous spots and the other (Demps) is a great unknown. Licht is acquiring play-makers. But many of you would have been perfectly happy if we took a guard, even if he wasn't worthy of a 3rd round selection. Perhaps, there are already OG's developing on our roster who are the equal to any we could draft. The Draft isn't over yet and following will be the signing of undrafted free agents and players released from other teams. Relax guys, you'll get your guard soon.
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    scubog, aman.
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    scubog....whatever....RB and SS were the only positions we did not have a real need. If we had a good team with good depth already, I might accept your arguments, but we don't so it is a piss poor pick. Period.
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    yeah because we have demps who prefers track, martin who is small and got hurt last year and rainy who hasn't been able to stay on a team since he's come into the league. He had three good games, but that doesn't make him a game changer. Since your such a good GM BUCTEBOW we should just give you the keys because you apparently know better than our new gm and hc what this team needs. Your negativity doesn't even have merit since we haven't seen the product on the field. One minute you guys are loving the moves then ready to abandon ship and start over. Our offense looks stout and I feel great about the picks. Why don't you kill off your negativity like Kenny gets killed in every episode or find a new team. Go bucs
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    Thank You Scubog! There is a reason every pro in the biz says "draft for talent, not for needs". Sure, its a brain scratcher...ok, can't blame anyone for feeling that way at first. But this is a great back. Now we have two great backs. I feel like our offense got better in two days
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    Scubog; at least 8 offensive guards were taken in the 3rd round. don't tell me that we didn't pass on a starting guard or 3 because we did. I was one of the ones early on talking about trading Martin or another RB in order to get bigger at RB. I am okay with the pick, I just thought it would come via a trade pick.
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    Over on walterfootball, they gave this pick the "Matt Millen" award. In other words, it was so bad it didn't get an actual grade. That's the only pick I saw in 3 rounds that earned such an honor. Granted, these types of grades by "experts" are a crapshoot. But when everyone is collectively scratching their heads, then it's telling us something. Basically we are already stacked with RB's and this was a reach even at that.
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    My mind is reeling with O excitement. We've got large radius, good speed for size Wrs; speed demons. We've got Te's in Austin Jenkins, Brandon Myers, and Tim Wright. Hb's like Dough Martin, Mike James, Charles Sims, Jeff Demps(you know Bobby Rainey is getting pushed out). Our Bucs just became an offensive powerhouse!
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    Jef Tedford must be doing wheelies! I don't think he's ever had this much talent to play with!
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    wasn't thrilled with this pick but gonna trust Lovie, Licht & the staff to put together a championship caliber team... let's not forget this team had the superbowl champions seahawks 21-0 at halftime... our cupboards aren't as bare as we may think
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    Two names that came to my mind for how he's likely to be used in Tampa Bay is Ronnie Harmon of the Chargers and Eric Metcalf of the the Browns(and then the Chargers later in his career if I'm remembering correctly).
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    Charles Sims certainly wasn't what I was expecting; I wanted Chris Borland(I'm having a hard time seeing how he sticks with the 49ers 3-4; we might still have a chance to pick him up down the road).
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    When the highlights came up, I saw in Mike Mayock's face that those highlights just didn't do him justice! I tried reluctantly to wait till I get on the computer and check out the youtube highlight reel. It didn't take more than two snaps before I started seeing some interesting things about this guy!
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    Bucky Brooks compares him to the Bears Hb Matt Forte; Charles Sims leaves him in his dust! A better comparison would be the Eagles Lesean McCoy!
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    Two names that came to my mind for how he's likely to be used in Tampa Bay is Ronnie Harmon of the Chargers and Eric Metcalf.
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    Scott/Mark, I posted this on April 21, 2014 12:21 pm. I tried to tell you guys that something was up, even asked Mark about it in the live chat............ Good to see that both Mike James and Doug Martin have fully recovered and will be ready for training camp. I looked at the stable of RBs at the Bucs and felt like it’s the one position where we are set. But are we? And then out of the blue last week, the Bucs brought in RB Charles Sims, 6-0, 214lbs out of West Virginia for a workout at OBP. Sims is a Jahvid Best lookalike that has the size, speed, and moves that no other Buc RB possesses. NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks says “Charles Sims has Matt Forte-like talent” .YouTube highlights verify this similarity. Could Lovie Want another Matt Forte? Could Tedford see Sims as a skill set needed in his new offense? Is Doug, Mike, Bobby, or another Buc RB possible trade bait? Now, I’m not crazy enough or brave enough to suggest that Martin or James could be traded, but somebody needs to explain why the Bucs are seriously looking at a RB slotted to go in the 4th round with all of the other more pressing offensive needs. I asked Mark Cook and Scott Reynolds to inquire during the voluntary mini-camp this week, what’s up with the Sims visit. Stranger things have happened before! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_ZLITZeRZ4
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    The Bucs cut Penn, Joseph and Zuttah because they were over paid for their production. Carimi was cut because he sucked. Dominik gave up a 6th for Carimi last year. Dominik was a panic merchant when it came to drafting and that's why he is history. Tedford wants faster O-linemen because he wants to go to a zone blocking scheme. This is a very deep draft because of 106 underclassmen who entered the draft this year. Maybe our new coaching staff is able to get good O-linemen in the 5th through 7th round. Most good teams get their O-line from those rounds anyway. It's called professional player evaluation. Dominik should get a job with GQ as a fashion editor. I really like what the Bucs have done in free agency and with the draft so far.
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    I knew we had to get taller at RB because all our RB's were injured last year at some point in the season; however I thought that we would have traded one of our small backs for a draft pick. I guess for starting OG Nicks will play on one leg and Meredith will be the other starter than a back up which is all he is? It is a little strange, but still not a bad draft so far. I give it a C. Mean while the Panthers has had a very good draft, the Saints too, and the Falcons about like us.
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    Looks like we will pick up a few OL when other teams make their cuts. Don't believe any starters left at OG in the draft. No need to pick a QB this late, wait till next year. Rounds 5-6-7 ST picks.
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    REALLY!!!! You just drafted doug martin, mike james, lol literally our most loaded position!!! If one of our cornerbacks gets hurt we have 0 playmaking depth at that position not to mention NO GUARD!!! Not a fan of this pick but the first two picks were good enough i guess to make up for this one! Better pick up Pierre or Purifoy the FLorida CB in the 5th!!! I dont understand why they dont trade back up into the 2nd or 3rd and get value picks like they did in 2012. Timmy Jernigan? Sean Jean Babtiste? you draft all these mediocre depth players that do nohting rather than trade the picks for value in earlier rounds and get playmakers!!!!
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    Agreed. Absolutely wasted that pick right there from every angle. Our most stacked position on the team and we reach for a guy who was projected as a 4th - 5th round prospect and we take him early in the third!? Absolute blasphemy! Licht, you're a #<:ķing idiot! All respect squandered. Makes me sick!
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    Sims was no waste of a pick. I was surprised that Tampa took him, but it was a happy surprised. I was thinking a Matt Forte clone when they took him. This guy is a thoroughbred and he will push all of the Bucs RBs. I see him right now as the #2 behind Martin. Truth is Sims could also play the slot besides RB. Charles Sims is a major talent. He was rated in the top 5 RBs by most scouts. He had a very productive career at Houston for 3 years and graduated and transferred to WVU for his final season. With huge targets Sefarian-Jenkins, Evans and VJack, Sims would be great in the slot. He is fearless and has a nice target radius. The Bucs offense is beginning to excite me.
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    RB???? Seriously? A 3rd down back when we have Martin, Rainey, James, Smith and Demps??????? What about CB? OL? What about a pash-rusher? This seems ridiculous. Smith and Licht obviously have forgotten more about football than I know, but I just can't understand this. So disappointing
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    What a complete waste of a pick. Sims very well could be talented. But we'll never find out because our OL will be getting repeatedly blown up. We're not the 49ers with luxury picks. We have plenty of real holes to fill and this wasn't one of them. Oh well.
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