BLAKE SIMS. Someone brought his name up today and I decided to take a long look at him, before the circus that is the NFL Scouting Combine kicks off. While I still believe that Chip Kelly will try to move mountains to grab Marcus Mariota, there are things about this Sims guy that really caught my eye today.
My source was Youtube. I wasn’t looking for highlights, I was looking for mechanics and what sort of decisions he makes. Basically I wanted to see what he’d be bringing with him besides his suitcase on Day One of rookie minicamp in May.
Keeping in mind that he had WR Amari Cooper as a primary weapon, I choose to omit any throws that Sims made to him, and instead looked for passes to everyone who wasn’t wearing #9. Once again let me repeat, what I was looking for was whether or not his skills offered anything to an NFL club on Day One.
I mostly liked what I saw. For one thing he doesn’t dance in the pocket, and his general delivery is NOT off of his back foot. He has good arm strength and has nice touch on his deep ball. While I didn’t see him throwing the ball into any tight windows, I did see him throw a couple of receivers open. Oh yeah, and the guy can hurt you with his legs.
He isn’t without fault though. His release point is a little low, and being “only” 6 feet tall, teams will hold that against him. Also (as you can see in the picture), his wind-up is too long, and far away from his body. But those are habits that coaching can usually clean up. Aside from that, I read he only has 12 starts under his belt. While there is the obvious statement about a lack of experience, there’s also the old coaching axiom about not having a chance to reinforce any bad habits.
His lack of experience makes him more of a blank slate, and his game will have few if any mental crutches that he relies on. Considering how different the Eagles Offense is from most NFL systems, a lot of experience in a standard system won’t be much help anyway.
The guy right now has a round 6 or 7 grade on him. He looks to me right now like a poor man’s Russell Wilson. But let’s see how he holds up at the Combine. If he even looks good (not great) I say reach and grab him in the 4th. In that case we stick with Nick Foles for 8 games, and use that top pick on a CB.