The Visitors: Ernie Sims

If both A.J. Hawk and Michael Huff are off the board at No. 9, Florida State linebacker Ernie Sims will give Detroit fits with this selection. Part 14 in a (now) 17 part series covering an EXCLUSIVE list of draft prospects that Detroit has visited with. In-depth bio, video, exclusive audio and more of Sims.

Roar Report has compiled an exclusive list of (currently 17) players that the Detroit Lions have privately worked out and/or had visit the Allen Park facility.

Between now and the draft, we will provide overviews of all players that have gotten an additional investment of time from the Lions scouting staff.

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NAME Ernie Sims
POSITION Outside Linebacker
COLLEGE Florida State
#2 @ OLB
#12 Overall
INTERACTION Visited Allen Park
VIDEO Ernie Sims Highlight Video
AUDIO Exclusive Ernie Sims NFL Combine Audio
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Full Name: Ernie Sims School: Florida State Pos: OLB

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 230 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 dealt with numerous concussions during collegiate career.

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..

Lions Interest: If both A.J. Hawk and Michael Huff are off the board at No. 9, Sims will give Detroit fits with this selection. It is clear that the team needs help at linebacker with their current injured riddled corps, and Sims' speed and talent within a zone defense makes him a perfect fit in Donnie Henderson's Cover 2 scheme. Ideally, the Lions would like to trade down and collect extra picks if their top two targets are unavailable, but Sims' stock has skyrocketed after athletically "testing off the charts" according to one scout.

Do not be surprised or disappointed if Sims is nabbed at No. 9 overall by Detroit. However, with a flooded linebacker market in this draft which won't grow shallow until the third round, the Lions might favor a trade and grab their linebacker at a different spot.

Other material ...

- Ravens intrigued by Sims
- Seahawks.NET profile on Sims (mentions use of Cover-2 scheme, also used by Detroit)

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