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Bucs draft RB Charles Sims in 3rd round

WVU running back Charles Sims is lifted up in celebration after scoring against Texas. Sims was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have selected West Virginia running back Charles Sims in the third round of the NFL draft, the third consecutive pick the team has used to address a struggling offense.

Although running back is considered one of the team’s strengths, general manager Jason Licht said Sims was too good a prospect to pass up Friday night.

Third-year running back Doug Martin was a Pro Bowl selection as a rookie in 2012. Bobby Rainey and Mike James are young players who showed promise last season, when Martin was out with a shoulder injury.

The Bucs also took offensive players in the first two rounds — selecting Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans and Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins with their second-round pick.

Sims rushed for 1,095 yards last season.


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