Senior running back David Sims is attempting to assault the Georgia Tech record books for rushing even though he made the move to B-back after playing quarterback for three seasons. His 1,978 career rushing yards have him sitting 12th all-time on the Georgia Tech list of rushers, and he still has a few games left to play.
With 610 yards so far this season, Sims still has a shot at cracking 1,000 yards for the year, and could easily move up within the top ten on the Yellow Jackets’ record books.
He’s done more than just fill in as a B-back in the option offense, he’s made himself indispensable to head coach Paul Johnson. Sims has been a rock, and one that opposing defenses have a hard time stopping. Coming into the bye week, Sims has yet to be held for negative yardage on a single run in 114 attempts, more than any other back in college football this year.
Sims also ranks first in the conference in touchdowns from scrimmage in 2013 (nine rushing and one receiving), and has set career highs in touchdowns and receiving yards.
The season that Sims is putting together will not only place him high on the list of running backs in Georgia Tech history, but it’s also going to do a lot to enhance his draft prospects into the NFL. Prospective teams will not only look at the body of work that Sims has put together–which is impressive–but will also see that he’s going to be fresh and not as beaten down as many running backs entering the draft. Those first three seasons playing quarterback may have saved Sims some punishment, and made him that much more attractive to pro scouts.
Sims won’t be a first round pick, probably not even second or third. Most draft boards don’t even have his name on the list. But perhaps they should. He’s got tremendous upside and has experience at multiple positions. What NFL team wouldn’t like to have a strong load back with experience in the read-option, who could also serve as an emergency quarterback or even take a snap in a gimmick play?
I asked draft specialist Scott Carasik, owner of DraftFalcons.com, what he thought about Sims, and his thoughts were very much on the same line.
“I like him because he’s a workhorse back who can break a big run,” Carasik said. “He doesn’t have a ton of mileage on him despite being a senior and has great vision, and at 6’0″, 225 pounds, his size is ideal for a team who want’s a battering ram in the inside. He can catch, run and add some gadget action if you really want it.
My favorite thing about him is that he is just a tough, hard nosed runner. He reminds me a lot of Alfred Morris.”
Carasik estimates Sims to go in the fourth round of this year’s draft, and even that late, he’s still a steal in my eyes. Obviously there will be concerns about his lack of experience in a traditional I-formation, or even in a pistol or shotgun, but Sims has shown his adaptability, and should be able to work well in whatever system he’s plugged into.
Sims has a couple of great opportunities coming up to not only add to his season totals, but to have some great national exposure in the upcoming games against Clemson and Georgia. If Sims can be as impressive in those two games as he has been all season, he’ll quickly gain favor with the draft experts around the country.