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Former Top 10 pick Ernie Sims works out for Dolphins

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Ernie Sims, the free agent linebacker who was the ninth overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft, could be headed back home to Florida.

Sims, who grew up in Florida and was an All-American at Florida State, worked out for the Dolphins on Monday, according to Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel. The Dolphins also worked out free agent linebacker Omar Gaither.

Although he’s only 27 years old and has all the athletic tools to be a fine linebacker, Sims hasn’t drawn much interest in free agency, and that’s no surprise: He was one of Matt Millen’s many draft disappointments in Detroit, and he was nothing special in Philadelphia and Indianapolis the last two seasons. Sims has never been able to translate his talent into consistent on-field production.

The Dolphins’ current plan is to have Karlos Dansby, Kevin Burnett and Koa Misi as the starters at linebacker, and they could use more depth at the position.

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16 Responses to “Former Top 10 pick Ernie Sims works out for Dolphins”
  1. duanethomas says: Apr 24, 2012 7:54 AM

    Matt Millen ladies and gentlemen. Great eye for talent.

  2. snowpea84 says: Apr 24, 2012 7:54 AM

    It’s at the point where you just consider him a cheap and above average backup or better than a mid round pick to start.

  3. nflofficeadmin says: Apr 24, 2012 7:58 AM

    His mustache has come into its own, even if his play has not.

  4. mjkelly77 says: Apr 24, 2012 7:59 AM

    Yeah, thanks again, Mutt Millen.

  5. hockeytown19540 says: Apr 24, 2012 8:30 AM

    Definitely special teams he could make a difference. Depth at LB not so much…. Stay away from the Lions we’re good.

  6. jianningwu says: Apr 24, 2012 8:56 AM

    Whenever you need an example of a guy with incredible physical skills and zero football instinct. The name is Sims. Ernie Sims.

  7. phinfan says: Apr 24, 2012 8:59 AM

    Matt Millen, meet Jeff Ireland.

  8. oldbyrd says: Apr 24, 2012 10:02 AM

    He is still better than Casey Matthews any day of the week and twice on Sunday. Oh yeah and the other 7th rounder The Eagles have starting.

  9. balewsquare says: Apr 24, 2012 10:06 AM

    Pretty sure people who only play Madden think this guy was well worth the 9th pick. He’s fast.

  10. cantonbound13 says: Apr 24, 2012 10:13 AM

    Not surprising to see Jeff Ireland & Matt Millen have the same eye for “talent”.

  11. t16rich says: Apr 24, 2012 10:39 AM

    I don’t think Ernie lacks effort, I just think he sucks. Atleast thats what he did in Philly

  12. cannonballdookie says: Apr 24, 2012 11:11 AM

    I just always assumed this guy was good because he was a great LB in Madden. Still, he should be good enough to find a backup job or compete, it’s a shame to see so many players just wash out of the league.

  13. daysend564 says: Apr 24, 2012 11:26 AM

    t16rich says:
    I don’t think Ernie lacks effort, I just think he sucks. Atleast thats what he did in Philly
    =================================
    Everybody sucks in Philly

  14. lks311 says: Apr 24, 2012 11:49 AM

    So, apparently what all you Madden/EAS players are refuting is, “If it’s in the game, it’s in the game…”. Not.

  15. tomjoadposse says: Apr 24, 2012 11:51 AM

    He doesn’t lack effort or talent, the guy is just dumb… seriously, reeeeaaaally dumb.

    Take it for what it’s worth. But, I knew a guy who was childhood friends with Larry Foote. When Larry was on the Lions he said that Ernie was mentally not all there… in a scary way. The Lions were looking to get him out via trade, fast. After Mayhew’s first year, traded.

  16. rdb4133 says: Apr 24, 2012 12:57 PM

    Ernie Sims was a pretty decent fantasy football player as well a few years back! :)

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