I don't see any of the fantastic player on film that everyone seems to be talking about in that highlight reel. I respect Polian, but Sims looks like a typical big lumbering guy. He may have slimmed down and timed well, but I don't see that in games so I'm very leery. I see a guy who has subpar burst and change of direction skills and virtually no vertical jump in the passing game. Sure, he may test well in the underwear Olympics, but when that contradicts what we see on tape, I'm going with the tape until the tape is proven incorrect in real football situations.
On the plus side, he definitely can block, and he does appear to have soft hands and can extend for a catch, which pairs well with his length. But, without a functional football vertical jump, he's going to have to box out every DB/LB for every catch. Anyone comparing him to Tyler Eifert is going to be dramatically disappointed.
Hey, I love combine metrics too, they help split hairs between players who seem similar on film. But, the greatest single predictor of success in the NFL is success in those things at the collegiate level. In other words, while great collegians may not become great NFL players, it's rare for a player who did not stand out in college to morph into a standout NFL player. There are exceptions, like the old Miami Dolphin Andra Franklin who was a blocking FB at Nebraska and became a feature RB in Miami, but those aren't common occurrences. Far more common are guys with great measurable who were above average but not really standouts in college that are busts in the NFL. I see Dion Sims as a blocking TE. Antonio Gates type athlete this is not.
"I want guys who want to make an impact on and off the field. Good human beings. Guys who want to get better. Guys who want to improve. They want to be great, want to win. Those types of guys we can work with every day." --Joe Philbin
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Well... Antonio gates was undrafted, so his production was nil in college.....I think even though Sims was a 4th rounder his stock is higher coming into the league. Maybe not the athlete, but definitely more football ready
as long as he isn't compared to Clyde Gates i'm fine ;-)
The guy I saw at 280-285 lbs was not a guy that is interesting to me for the NFL.
I don't know what he's going to look like if he gets down to 260-265 lbs instead. He could look more explosive, more agile, etc. I don't know. At the Combine when he cut weight all the way down to 262, it certainly made him faster as he was able to go about 4.70 where on film he looks like a 4.80 guy. But it didn't help him score better on agility measures like the short shuttle (where a 4.52 to 4.58 is worse than some linemen) or the cone drill (7.16 to 7.36). His vertical was clearly better though, at 35 inches. But his broad jump was not explosive, at 9'4".
Thing that bothers me is that his run after catch and after-contact ability at the college level was dependent on his size...which at the COLLEGE level was "monstrous" at 6'5" and 280-285 lbs. That's why he could drag some tiny DBs for a few extra yards. But he didn't really break tackles, didn't really make guys miss or show special quickness. It was just pure size. So at the NFL level he's going to cut weight so he can be more fast and explosive (because he'd be lost in the NFL if he's as slow there as he was in college), and that's going to take away from the size advantage. Meanwhile, in the NFL pretty much everyone on average is about 10 lbs heavier than in college, if not more. And they're all probably an average of an inch taller. So that was already going to take away from his size advantage. He's going to get double whammied that way and the question is whether the increase in speed and explosiveness he gets from having dropped the weight will outweigh that.
I don't think it will.
I dont think we picked him up because we thought he was the next Antonio Gates, we grabbed because we had no other viable option as a blocking TE.