Cowboys Workout Intriguing Defender

Recently, the Dallas Cowboys worked out one of the more intriguing defenders available in the 2006 NFL Draft. Once again, TheRanchReport.com brings you the latest.

Continuing a trend that has been documented by TheRanchReport.com this winter and spring, the Dallas Cowboys continue to look closely at the top defensive prospects available in the 2006 NFL Draft.

Recently, the team worked out Florida State outside linebacker Ernie Sims.

"I think I helped myself a lot (with workouts)," Sims said in a recent interview with Scout.com. "I am doing good for myself and I talked to my agent and he said that a lot of teams are high on me. When I came out (for the draft) I said that they had me projected early second round and it just switched around so quick. I am really excited."

Sims, while undersized, is always around the ball and is nothing short of explosive when delivering the big hit.

As the former top recruit in the country coming of out of high school three years ago, Sims enjoyed a successful career at Florida State, being named an all-conference performer in each of the last two seasons.

He's also the No. 3 outside linebacker prospect in the 2006 NFL Draft according to Scout.com, trailing only Ohio State's A.J. Hawk and Iowa's Chad Greenway.

Sims is one of four documented outside linebacker prospects who has gone through a private workout with the Cowboys.

"I am visiting some teams and there are some teams coming down to work me out," Sims added. "I am going to be moving everywhere across the whole country seeing all these teams."



Scouting Report
Ernie Sims School: Florida State Pos: OLB

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 231 40: 4.56 Year: 3Jr

Bio: Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors both seasons. Junior totals included 72/10/2.5 when he intercepted two passes and broke up four more. Sophomore numbers included a career-high 86 tackles.

Pos: Explosive linebacker who displays a complete game. Fast, quickly changes direction and flashes on the scene, forcing the action. Explosive collapsing from the outside making plays, fires up the field in run defense and gets depth on drops in coverage. Outstanding lateral movement skills and effective in pursuit. Instinctive and does a good job staying with assignments.

Neg: Takes false steps to the action and is not efficient. Has also had several well-documented off the field incidents.

Analysis: A three-down linebacker who plays bigger than his listed size, Sims has starting potential in a one-gap system. Should quickly find a starting spot at the next level once he gets get accustomed to the size/speed.

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