Found January 02, 2013 on Optimum Scouting:
The NFL seems to be going "all-in" in the tight end evolution, with most teams taking three or more tight ends in the past 5 drafts. And with that desire for teams to add tight end talent, the position has become more and more coveted on draft day. Adding to this already solid tight end class, Michigan State's Dion Sims, the 6'5, 285 pound physical specimen, has declared early for the 2013 NFL Draft, according to Joe Schad. The question now is: How will NFL teams view him?   Sims is not your average tight end prospect. At 6'5, 285, he's built like a seasoned NFL blocking tight end despite being just a junior. After flashing as a freshman, he redshirted in 2010, and only really caught on in the offense this season, when he finished the year with 30+ catches and two touchdowns. But from an evaluation perspective, Sims hasn't quite impressed as a tight end prospect. As a blocker, seemingly a strength for a tight end with his build, is actually where he's most concerning. His hand placement isn't consistent in the run game, he over-extends at times when attacking wide split defensive ends and reaching for linebackers, and struggles to lock in as a run blocker. His leg drive isn't what it should be for a tight end with his build, and much of that has to do with poor body positioning and understanding of leverage, two things that shouldn't be as under-developed for a four year college tight end. As a pass catcher, he certainly flashes the ability to be effective in the short area, particularly on out routes where he can get in the open field against defensive baacks. But he isn't overly quick off the line, he doesn't adjust his route in the seam to give his quarterback throwing lanes, and struggles to adjust his body to the catch-point in the short area. As a pass blocker, he flashes the ability to sink his hips, slide laterally very well, but still lets rushers get inside of him after he over-steps. While most of those scouting notes are negative, the old adage "you can't teach size" certainly makes him an intriguing option for NFL teams. He can control the seam and dominate the second level with better route and pass catching understanding. He has the length and natural size to pave the way as a run blocker. Both skill developments could make him a premier tight end in this league. Also something to point out, he's only 15 pounds away from being in the left tackle-size discussion. If a team feels he's a project in the 3rd round, they could experiment with him as a tight end or offensive tackle project (thanks for the idea Josh Norris of Rotoworld Draft). It's not the most likely option at this point, but thanks to his size, natural athleticism, and flashes in pass protection already, he may be actually just as ready to develop there as well as at tight end. Because he's such a project, it's clear he shouldn't be a Top 50 pick. But if he can impress at the NFL Combine/in workouts, he could make his way into the mid to late 2nd round area. If not, it'd be surprising for a team NOT to consider him in the 3rd-4th round area.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Did Sims, Bell and Gholston make the right decision?

Today, Michigan State juniors William Gholston, Le’Veon Bell and Dion Sims all declared for the NFL Draft. I brought in Chris Vannini and Mike Wilson from The Only Colors to discuss whether they made the right decision or not. —————————– William Gholston Jameson: Personally, I don’t think it was the right decision. Lots of things go into whether a player...

Michigan’s AJ Treais Suspended 1 Game for Throwing Elbow vs. Michigan State

The struggling Michigan hockey team will be without captain A.J. Treais when it resumes CCHA play next Tuesday against Bowling Green. Treais was kicked out of Michigan’s victory over Michigan State in the Great Lakes Invitational third-place game after throwing an elbow, and he heard from the league today: Michigan senior captain A.J. Treais has been suspended for one game for...

Dion Sims Reportedly Entering NFL Draft

The Michigan State Spartans are still awaiting word on the futures of Le’Veon Bell and William Gholston, but they reportedly will have to say goodbye to another key member of this year’s team: Michigan State tight end Dion Sims will enter the NFL draft, according to a source — Joe Schad (@schadjoe) January 2, 2013 Sims had 36 catches for 375 yards and two touchdowns during...

Spartan’s Le’Veon Bell and Dion Sims will enter NFL draft:

  Spartan running back Le’Veon Bell and tight end Dion Sims will forgo their senior season’s to enter the NFL draft. Le’Veon was Michigan State’s offense this year, and often carried the team to a win; including the bowl victory over TCU.  He rushed for 1,793 yards and 12 touchdowns this season, and is high on the Spartan’s all-time rushing list while ranking...

Bell & Dantonio Address Decision

Le’Veon Bell and Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio released the following statements about the Spartans star running back leaving the program with a year of eligibility remaining.

RB Bell becomes the third Spartan to declare for the draft

Today Mark Dantonio of Michigan State probably has a headache somewhere in Michigan.  He found out that he would be losing his top 3 junior players, which should open the door for his recruiting class.  While recruiting is fun, MSU is going to definitely hurt the Spartans. According to SpartanNation.com’s Hondo Carpeneter, Gholston informed coach Mark Dantonio of his decision...

Bell & Sims Declare For Draft

After another stellar performance in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell tweeted Thursday he was ending his Spartans career early. Joining Bell will also be Spartans tight end Dion Sims.

Sims Feels Time Is Right

In the mind of Michigan State tight end Dion Sims the time was right for him to take his talents to the next level. Sims and Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio released statements on Thursday afternoon about the decision.

Semper Fi: Michael Geiger

Future Michigan State kicker Michael Geiger is excited to represent the East team at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. FOX Sports NEXT caught up with Geiger for the latest.
OPTIMUM SCOUTING
RECENTLY ON OPTIMUM SCOUTING
2014 NFL Draft: Where Will Johnny Manziel Go? Ranking His Destinations, From Ten to One
State of the Draft: Browns Quarterback Dilemma, Garoppolo/McCarron Value, Mike Evans Projection and More
2014 NFL Mock Draft: April 9th Update ☆
Running Backs, Draft Supply and Demand and Why No First Rounders Doesn’t Imply Poor Talent
Character Check: Running Back Isaiah Crowell
State of the Draft: Not Everyone Loves Manziel, Bridgewater Struggles in Interviews, and Post-Combine Notes
2014 NFL Draft: Hageman, Moncrief and Savage Lead Pro Day Circuit’s Day One
2014 NFL Draft: Mack Wows, Ford Gets his Chance and Garoppolo Throws on March 4th Pro Days
What is the APTUS Test, and Why NFL and College Programs Are Falling in Love with It?
2014 NFL Draft: Anthony Barr, Darqueze Dennard and Max Bullough Performances Led March 11 Pro Days
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.