NEW YORK —
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have selected West Virginia running back Charles Sims in the third round of the NFL draft, the third consecutive pick the team has used to address a struggling offense.
Although running back is considered one of the team’s strengths, general manager Jason Licht said Sims was too good a prospect to pass up Friday night.
Third-year running back Doug Martin was a Pro Bowl selection as a rookie in 2012. Bobby Rainey and Mike James are young players who showed promise last season, when Martin was out with a shoulder injury.
The Bucs also took offensive players in the first two rounds — selecting Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans and Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins with their second-round pick.
Sims rushed for 1,095 yards last season.
Clarke selected by Bengals
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals have chosen defensive end Will Clark from West Virginia with their third-round pick, restocking a line that has lost end Michael Johnson to free agency.
The Bengals have taken two defensive players and a running back in the first three rounds.
They chose Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard with the 24th overall pick on Thursday night. LSU’s Jeremy Hill went to Cincinnati with the 55th overall pick, the second year in a row that the Bengals took a running back in the second round. He’ll team with Giovani Bernard in the backfield.
Redskins pick Cavaliers' Moses
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins reached out to the nearby University of Virginia on Friday night as part of a two-pronged effort to get some prospective help for their offensive line.
The Redskins selected tackle Morgan Moses of Virginia at No. 66 overall and guard Spencer Long of Nebraska at No. 78. Moses could compete with Tyler Polumbus for the starting right tackle job, while Moses could challenge for a starting guard spot by the end of the year.
Moses, 6-foot-6 and 314 pounds, played right tackle for two years at Virginia before moving to left tackle in 2012 and 2013. He didn’t lift weights at the NFL Combine because of a bothersome left shoulder, but he said the shoulder is now fine.
Long, 6-5 and 320, was a regular starter at right guard for two-plus years for the Cornhuskers before tearing the MCL in his left knee six games into last season. Long said his knee is fully recovered.
The Redskins didn’t have a first round selection, having traded it to the St. Louis Rams as the final piece of the deal that allowed them to pick franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III two years ago.
The Redskins were slated to have the 34th overall pick, but they traded it to the Dallas Cowboys for Nos. 47 and 78, reflecting Allen’s stated strategy of trading down to accumulate more selections.
They used their first pick for outside linebacker Trent Murphy of Stanford in the second round, opting for a pass-rusher whose 15 sacks last year led the nation.