Tight End Dion Sims Taken With Second Fourth Round Pick

Posted Apr 27, 2013

Michigan State prospect is another offensive weapon for Dolphins.

Just minutes after going with another defensive player, the Miami Dolphins added a weapon to the passing game by taking Michigan State tight end Dion Sims with the 106th overall pick in the fourth round.

At 6-foot-5 and 262 pounds, Sims provides another big target for quarterback Ryan Tannehill and caught 36 passes for 475 yards and two touchdowns as a junior in 2012. He was a top performer at the NFL Scouting Combine in the bench press (22 reps) and vertical jump (35 inches) and left an impression on the Dolphins in the interview.

“I talked to them at the Combine and they flew me in for a visit so I spent a lot of time with the Dolphins,” Sims said. “I’m just excited to be a member of this program and move forward and play ball. I’ve been putting a lot of work in and blocking and catching this season is my specialty. So I’m just working on being a versatile tight tend and being that all-around guy.”

Sims considers himself an all-around tight end equally adept at blocking and catching passes but only has three years of experience at the college level. He redshirted in 2010 but those games against tough Big Ten competition should help him at the next level.

Starting next weekend at the rookie mini-camp, Sims will get a crash course on offensive coordinator Mike Sherman’s offense and Head Coach Joe Philbin’s coaching style and will get to work closely with tight ends coach Dan Campbell. He is taking an honest approach to his development as a player.

“There’s always room for improvement in your game and you can always perfect your craft,” said Sims, who was second-team All-Big Ten last season for the Spartans. “That’s just what I’m aiming to do and I’m focusing on becoming an all-around guy and being able to do anything that the Dolphins need me to do.”
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