It’s the news that many Michigan State fans have been dreading to hear and hoping would not happen. No, Le’Veon Bell hasn’t decided to leave early just yet so breathe your sigh of relief for the moment, but according to reports, junior tight end Dion Sims has entered his name in the 2013 NFL Draft.
The junior has been a force for the Spartans this season when healthy and has unlimited potential and size that would make any NFL scout salivate.
ESPN‘s Joe Schad broke the news early on Wednesday and is the latest news to come out of East Lansing regarding players leaving early. Running back Le’Veon Bell and defensive end Will Gholston are expected to decide in the next couple of week as the Spartan offense could take an even bigger hit by losing Bell.
This season, Sims caught a total of 36 passes for 475 yards– his best season as a Spartan and a complete breakout compared to the previous two seasons.
He caught more passes and had more receiving yards in 2012 than he did in 2009 through 2011 combined.
He only played in 10 of the team’s 13 games this season, missing three in the middle of the year due to an ankle injury that he never really recovered from. Sims had just one solid game after the injury against Northwestern in which he caught five passes for 102 yards.
It’s hard to say where Sims will be drafted purely because his stock will be based on potential due to the single breakout season, but the 6-foot5, 285-pound monster tight end looks to be an early-round pick.
This is a huge blow to an already-struggling Spartan offense that could possibly see a change of quarterback next season as a controversy was created after Michigan State’s Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl win over TCU. Backup quarterback Connor Cook came in and carried the Spartans to a 17-16 win, leaving doubts in Andrew Maxwell‘s mind and busting his already-low confidence.
A solid tight end can be a quarterback’s best friend, but Michigan State will have to look elsewhere for quarterback assistance.