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Ryan Sims

DT | (0-0, 311) | North Carolina
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Played in every game as an 18-year-old freshman in 1998 and often played as much as the starter. Started every game the past three years and won All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors and some All-America notice in '01. Had 31 tackles, including four for loss and two sacks in '98; 33-6-1 in '99; 52-9-6 in 2000 and 51-8-5 as a senior.

Positives: Great character and competitiveness. A coach's dream. High-motor player who really seems to like the game. Has a thick, powerful body and can play in any type of defense, including a two-gap scheme. Uses hands well and does a nice job of controlling blockers. Very quick and flexible and has an explosive short-area burst. Can push the pocket and also get into a gap and come clean. Comes off the ball well and will often beat the blocker with his first move. Has been durable and played in every game during his career. Was a much tougher, more intense and more consistent player than Julius Peppers in '01, his teammate who could be one of the first two picks in the draft. Sims had a very good week at the Senior Bowl and was off to a good start in the game before he suffered a minor injury and was held out because the game stresses player safety so much.

Negatives: Lacks great speed. Is not going to make the highlight-film plays Peppers makes. Will struggle to shed blocks quickly at times.

Summary: Was the best defensive player at the Senior Bowl and made himself millions of dollars by going from a possible late first-round pick to a possible top-10 or top-12 pick. Does not have Peppers' upside, but Sims is a more solid player right now, and with Sims, you know that what you see is what you will get, so long as he avoids injuries and holdouts.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.