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Spartan NFL Combine Report: Saturday

Dion Sims catches a pass during Saturday's workouts at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Photo by Ben Liebenberg, NFL)

Feb. 23, 2013

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INDIANAPOLIS - Tight end Dion Sims was the first Spartan to test for the on-field workouts at the NFL Scouting Combine on Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Running back Le'Veon Bell is scheduled to test on Sunday, defensive lineman William Gholston will test on Monday, and cornerback Johnny Adams is set for Tuesday.

Sims rated as a top performer among the tight ends in two of the seven tests. The Detroit, Mich., native tied for third with 22 reps on the bench press (225 pounds) and was fourth in the vertical jump with a leap of 35.0 inches.

In the running tests, Sims recorded a 4.75 in the 40-yard dash, a 4.52 in the 20-yard shuttle, a 12.10 in the 60-yard shuttle and a 7.36 in the three-cone drill.

Sims had a broad jump of 112.0 inches.

"I think he had a good overall workout," said ESPN NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay. "He ran in the 4.7's (in the 40), he has good size, he's a solid blocker - one of the better blocking tight ends in this class. It's a very deep class of a lot guys that catch the ball well and cannot be in-line blockers. There are teams that are out there that need an in-line blocker, and he's on the short list. The depth of this tight end class might hurt him, but I still think he has a chance to go somewhere in that mid-to-late third round range."

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FROM SOMEONE WHO'S BEEN THERE, DONE THAT: Former Indianapolis Colts president/general manager and current ESPN analyst Bill Polian took some time on Saturday to visit with Polian talked about the four Spartans at this year's NFL Combine, and also gave his thoughts on MSU head coach Mark Dantonio and the Spartan program.



On Michigan State...
"Every Michigan State player has an added advantage because he's coached by Mark Dantonio and comes from that program. Michigan State has the Good Housekeeping seal of approval. There are a handful of programs in America where you say this kid will step right into our program and know exactly what to do all the time. That's a benefit for all of the Spartan players (at the NFL Combine).

"All of these kids will be on an NFL squad come opening day."

On Le'Veon Bell...
"The 40 is going to be critical for him. This process, in many ways, is essentially negative. We try to find all the flaws in people rather than the positives, because you're trying to group them in the right round. There's some truth to that. We used to jokingly say in the draft room that we'll kill everybody, there won't be anybody left to draft by the end of the process.

"The knock on Le'Veon is that he's not a fast player and that maybe he lacks a little acceleration in the hole. I don't believe that from scouting him. But I do think that the numbers here will be important for him. If he can run 4.52, 4.53, then his stock is going to soar, because he's got everything else you want.

"He's a very complete back. If you look at the whole body of work, it's complete and it's pretty darn good. But this is an example of where the combine can help. If he runs well, or runs well at the Pro Day, then he's fine."

On Dion Sims...
"Look at his junior film and you'll see a guy who can go down the field and can get jump balls. He also has natural hands and body movement when he goes after the ball."

On William Gholston...
"I expect him to be a five-technique in this league and he's going to be a good one. He'll play over the tight end; sometimes, he'll play inside the shoulder of the tight end. So he'll have to take on the double-team blocks against the tight end and tackle in the power running game, and he's great at that.

"He's not an explosive first step pass-rusher. He'll become a power pass-rusher and that will give him an added advantage because he's big enough to go inside in the nickel and pass rush from the inside. He has value even as a three-down player."

On Johnny Adams...
"The Michigan State system put him in a position where he has to do everything a corner does in this league. (MSU plays) cover man, cover zone, cover in the deep third and most importantly support against the run. He can do all of that. He'll post numbers here that will help him (in the draft)."

WHAT'S NEXT: Live coverage of on-field workouts continues Sunday, Feb. 24 at 9 a.m. with the running backs, quarterbacks and wide receivers. Linebackers and defensive linemen will test on Monday, Feb. 25, and defensive backs on Tuesday, Feb. 26. Coverage of workouts begins each day at 9 a.m. on the NFL Network and

ABOUT THE NFL COMBINE: The NFL Scouting Combine (National Invitational Camp) is organized and operated by National Football Scouting, Inc. NFL Network and will provide more than 60 hours of live coverage from Lucas Oil Stadium. More than 600 NFL personnel, including head coaches, general managers, scouts and medical staff representing all 32 teams, will attend the Scouting Combine and evaluate more than 330 of the nation's top college players eligible for the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft through on-field drills, physical testing, psychological exams, as well as formal and informal interviews.

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