PAWS FOR THOUGHT: Lions Should Avoid Sims

Some draftniks coming to the party late have gotten a wild idea into their head - that the Detroit Lions should spend the ninth overall pick on Florida State linebacker Ernie Sims, the Scout.com high school player of the year three seasons ago. Mike Fowler's take? Don't do it. Much more inside.

ALLEN PARK - Some draftniks coming to the party late have gotten a wild idea into their head - that the Detroit Lions should spend the ninth overall pick on Florida State linebacker Ernie Sims, the Scout.com high school player of the year three seasons ago.

Some think Sims is the second coming of former Miami great Ray Lewis. My take: Don't do it.

The pick of Sims might be one of the worst things the team could do. On the surface, Sims fits the profile of head coach Rod Marinelli, a high-energy, big hitting linebacker who couldn't wait to get to the next level, but there are several reasons Detroit should avoid the former Florida State Seminole.

First up is Sims health. At FSU, Sims was plagued by injuries

"Ernie has had several concussions this year, but not bad," head coach Bobby Bowden admitted. Sims has suffered from at least three concussions, some due to attempting to put hard hits on teammates during Seminoles practices.

Sims admitted that he feared suffering a career-ending injury.

"Not necessarily [due to the] concussions because a lot of football players get concussions" Sims said. "It's just that I have had several surgeries. If I did come back I would be risking an injury again or not even being able to play again. I don't know if I am going to be able to play again after tomorrow so that's why I want to take advantage of this opportunity."

Second are the off-the-field issues. Sims was arrested for misdemeanor charges of domestic violence and resisting arrest in July 2005 for allegedly "slamming" his girlfriend Brooke McGriff to the ground and then repeatedly pushing her back down when she tried to get up.

Finally, even when he was healthy, Sims, admitted he didn't play the way he really wanted to play.

"I didn't leave a statement (at Florida State) like I really wanted to," he said.

Three strikes and you're out. Cross Sims off the Lions list.

ADDING TALENT: The Lions announced today that they have signed defensive end Tyoka Jackson to a contract believed to be a one-year deal, and re-signed restricted free-agents Casey FitzSimmons (TE) and Cory Redding (DE).

Jackson's best season was in 2003 when he recorded 5.5 sacks and 24 tackles for St. Louis. Jackson is expected to provide depth along the defensive line.

Lions president Matt Millen said that nothing has changed with quarterback Joey Harrington and that he would exercise all the options available in his attempts to get something for the disgruntled former starter.

Millen also addressed defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson's thoughts on retirement, reiterating that "Big Daddy" was working through some issues.


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