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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Seahawks Take Rob Sims With 4th Round Pick

From Seahawks.com:

With their fourth round pick, the Seahawks added depth to their offensive line by selecting Ohio State guard Rob Sims.

Sims, 6-3, 307, ran the 40 in 5.25 at the Combine and also doubled at tackle for the Buckeyes. The son of Mickey Sims, a former fourth round pick as a tackle for the Cleveland Browns, Sims actually started four games as a true freshman, an oddity on the deep Ohio State teams.

Sims started 23 games as a left tackle as a sophomore and junior before moving to left guard as a senior and earning first team All-Big Ten honors in his first year at the position. He allowed only two tackles for losses and no sacks.

From the Seahawks perspective, the loss of left Steve Hutchinson to free agency, plus the addition of free agent lineman Tom Ashworth, getting Sims in the fourth round was a huge bonus considering he was projected going as early as the second or third round after starting 40 of a possible 47 games with the Buckeyes.

Sims has improved his conditioning considerably each season, and according to NFL Draftscout.com, the move from tackle to guard greatly enhanced his ability to be a long-time NFL starter. One of the strongest players on the Buckeyes roster, he bench-pressed 515 pounds and squatted 600.

He'll likely compete at guard with Ashworth, Floyd Womack and perhaps tackle Ray Willis and center Chris Spencer, presuming veteran Chris Gray starts at right guard.


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