Source: Alabama QB Blake Sims invited to NFL Combine
Alabama QB Blake Sims has been invited to next month’s NFL Combine, a source told FOX Sports on Tuesday.
The idea that Sims could become an NFL quarterback would’ve sounded very far-fetched a year ago at this time, but the 6-0, 205-pounder ended up beating out touted FSU transfer Jacob Coker for the Crimson Tide’s starting job and he led Alabama to a College Football Playoff berth.
The Georgia native put up very impressive numbers in the Tide’s pro-style offense in 2014, throwing 28 touchdown passes and just 10 interceptions to go with 3,487 yards. Sims also completed 65 percent of his passes and was sacked only 13 times in 14 games.
In addition, he was very sharp in crucial situations. On third downs, Sims completed 71 percent of his passes — the highest percentage of any QB in major college football who played at least half the season. He also had 13 TDs and 0 INTs in the red zone. Sims’ mobility also is a selling point as he ran for 350 yards and seven more TDs last season.
Sims had an inconsistent showing last week at the Senior Bowl, going 4-for-11 passing for 50 yards in the game. However, he did show off his elusiveness, spinning away from sure sacks and ended up with positive yardage, rushing for 23 yards on three carries.
Bruce Feldman is a senior college football reporter and columnist for FOXSports.com and FOX Sports 1. He is also a New York Times Bestselling author. His new book, "The QB: The Making of Modern Quarterbacks," came out in October 2014. Follow him on Twitter @BruceFeldmanCFB.