The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to focus on offense in this years’ draft. With the 69th overall pick, the Bucs selected running back Charles Sims from the University of West Virginia.
This comes as somewhat of a surprise pick, as the Bucs have three running backs already on the team and each one had a 100 yard rushing game last season. Sims is expected to compete for the back up role behind Doug Martin.
Martin is coming off of injury and looking to bounce back in 2014. Both Mike James and Bobby Rainey will also look to stay on the roster, and help lighten the work load for Martin.
Before spending his final college year at West Virginia, Sims played his first four years at the University of Houston. The running back brings a combination of speed and good hands to the Bucs. He ran a 4.46 in the 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine, and in college he had 592 carries for 3,465 yards and 40 touchdowns. He also added 203 receptions for 2,108 yards and 11 touchdowns.
This certainly adds some competition to the Bucs running back position, and should make for some entertaining action early on in the season. Look for Sims to take the number two spot on the depth chart, and come in on a lot of third down plays.