Charles Sims of West Virginia might surprise people in NFL

There were 24 NFL teams represented at West Virginia’s pro day on Friday, where 15 Mountaineers players and one player from Shepherd worked out indoors on FieldTurf.

Charles Sims, RB (6-foot 1/8, 214 pounds) — Sims — who was at the NFL Scouting Combine and stood on his numbers from that event — only did position drills at the pro day. Sims played his senior season at West Virginia after finishing up his degree at the University of Houston. He can really catch the ball well, which is what teams are looking for out of a running back, and does so despite having small hands (8 1/4 inches). You usually don’t find guys who are as good a receiver as Sims with those size hands. This is one of my down-the-line guys who will surprise some people in the NFL.

Will Clarke, DE (6-5 7/8, 268) — Clarke just did the short shuttle (4.50 seconds) and broad jump (9-foot-11) at the pro day, and stood on the rest of his numbers from the combine. He worked out as a pass rusher as well as an outside linebacker. He looked good as a pass rusher with his hand on the ground, and that looks like it will be his best position in the NFL.

Howard Jones, LB from Shepherd (6-2 3/8, 234) — Jones ran the 40-yard dash in 4.55 and 4.50 seconds. He stood on the rest of his numbers from the combine, where he posted the top number in his position group in the vertical jump, and was a top performer in his position group in the 40, broad jump and three-cone drill. Jones is a bit undersized for a linebacker. He worked out as an outside linebacker at West Virginia’s pro day. Some team will take him, possibly as early as at the top of the third day of the 2014 NFL Draft (fourth round). He is a small-school (Division II) guy with a lot of room to put on weight and still maintain his impressive speed.

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen and his staff executed a well-organized pro day that ran like clockwork.

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