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Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Sims looks, sounds like a Colts linebacker

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

They are not giant names or giant additions, but they are outsiders. And the Colts don't often bring in veteran outsiders.

The Colts have signed defensive end Jamaal Anderson, formerly of Atlanta, and linebacker Ernie Sims, formerly of Philadelphia. Both were first-round draft picks.

Anderson is a reclamation project for Indianapolis who had plans to visit Denver and Tennessee but got grabbed by Indianapolis before he made either visit. If he shows the Colts something, he could find a role as depth. As he’s 6-foot-6, 289 pounds, they could look at him as a tackle possibility.

Sims (6-0, 230) is a player who could wind up a starter as the team fills the void left by the free-agent departure of Clint Session to Jacksonville. One person familiar with him categorized him as a “run and hit” player, which is what the Colts like to do.

Scouts Inc. doesn’t have him rated very highly, but their write-up goes further in making him sound like he was made for the Colts.
“Sims is an excellent athlete but lacks size and strength. He plays with a great motor and makes plays with his speed and quickness. He has excellent instincts and leverages the ball well as both a run and pass defender. Sims plays best when covered up because he can get smothered at the point of attack when taking on blockers. He is a reliable open-field tackler. He shows range in pursuit as well as in coverage.”

He’ll have to take on some blockers, but more often he’ll run around them.

I like the pickup.

UPDATE: What a buzz kill that Matt Williamson from Scouts Inc. can be. I asked for his thoughts and he sent this:

"When Sims came out of Florida State, many thought he was the next Derrick Brooks. Fast. Nasty. Aggressive. Perfect fit at WLB in a Cover 2 like Indy runs. Sims has been a total flop. Just doesn't see it develop well. Poor reactions. Looks sorta lost out there. He still has ability and if he is ever going to realize it, it will be now in Indy, but overall, I am not excited about the player. Still, a good, cheap risk for the Colts."