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.