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Thursday, January 3, 2013
Source: MSU's Dion Sims to enter draft

By Adam Rittenberg

Apologies for not posting this sooner, but Michigan State junior tight end Dion Sims will forgo his final season and enter the NFL draft, a source tells ESPN colleague Joe Schad.

Sims was Michigan State's only consistent pass-catching threat this season, recording 36 catches for 475 and two touchdowns despite missing three games with an ankle injury. The 6-foot-5, 285-pound Sims is rated as the nation's No. 4 tight end, according to ESPN's Scouts Inc.

Sims' departure means Michigan State likely will lose its two best offensive players from a unit that struggled for most of the 2012 season. Junior running back Le'Veon Bell hasn't announced his future plans, but it would be a significant surprise if he doesn't join Sims in the 2013 NFL draft. Bell leads the nation in carries (382) and ranks third nationally in rushing average (137.9 ypg).

Michigan State's defense once again will be very good, even if junior end William Gholston decides to enter the draft. But the offense has significant questions if both Sims and Bell both are gone. The line must play a lot better than it did this season, and Michigan State needs much more from its receivers and quarterbacks.