Thursday, September 17, 2009

Oklahoma LT Wes Sims

Wes Sims, 6-5, 317, Oklahoma. Physical player who makes blocks with intelligence and effort. Is a bit tight in space and tends to overextend. Plays tackle in college but is better suited for guard in the NFL because of limited athleticism.

People look at Bomar’s stats and may ask what the big deal is. Well, one must not forget that Jason White’s favorite targets all left with him. Mark Bradley was drafted by the Bears, Mark Clayton by the Ravens, and Brandon Jones by the Titans. The OL lost two four-year starters, Wes Sims and Vince Carter to go along with Outland Trophy winner Jammal Brown. The cupboard wasn’t bare, but it wasn’t exactly left stocked full either. The talent may be as good as it was under White, but the polished experience wasn’t there.

Oklahoma LT Wes Sims vs. USC DE Frostee Rucker. Because USC defensive tackles Mike Patterson and Shaun Cody are so disruptive, Rucker can take chances on the edge. His No. 1 priority: pressure Jason White. who has struggled when he has been forced to break away from the pocket or throw out of rhythm. Rucker's speed and upper-body strength are just part of the problem; his wingspan makes him even tougher to block. Sims is solid in the running game and has improved since struggling last year in pass protection.

If you're looking for a sleeper team in the Big 12 for next season, look no further than Oklahoma. Consider what Bob Stoops did in his first recruiting season when he added QB Josh Heupel (Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year), LB Torrance Marshall (Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year) and WR Antwone Savage (Big 12 Freshman of the Year). Add to that a 2000 recruiting class that consists of 23 high school prospects--headed by OL Wes Sims, DB Vernon Maxwell, RB Renaldo Works and WR Antonio Perkins--and five junior-college players.

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