Auburn DT Pat Sims To Skip Senior Season, Enter NFL Draft

Sims was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference pick

Jan. 8, 2008

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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn defensive tackle Pat Sims said Tuesday he will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

Sims was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference pick this season after making 11.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 quarterback sacks.

"This was something that I carefully thought about and felt it was in my best interest to pass on my senior season at Auburn and make myself eligible for the NFL Draft," Sims said. "It's always been a dream of mine to play at the next level and I believe this is the right time to pursue that goal."

Sims was one of the Tigers' most high-profile recruits in 2004 but was redshirted and then didn't see any action in 2005.

As a junior, he emerged as a key part of an Auburn defense that finished sixth nationally in scoring and total defense.