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From the Plains to the pros: Pat Sims

Editor's note: Auburn has a rich history of sending players to the NFL. With that in mind, beat writer Ryan Black takes a look at each former Tiger that finds himself on an NFL roster (or should be once free agency and training camps shake out). The series will begin with those who have already been in the league for more than one season and conclude with the latest crop of players to land in the NFL, either through the draft or as an undrafted free agent.

Pat Sims, Oakland Raiders

Position: Defensive tackle

Drafted: Taken in the third round (No. 77 overall) by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2008

Career stats (through six seasons): Appeared in 76 regular season games (39 starts); 192 tackles, seven sacks; one fumble recovery

2014 outlook:

Prior to the 2013 campaign, Sims had never started more than eight games in a single season. So of course that meant he would be in the lineup for all 16 games the Raiders played last year. And he saved his best for last, as he made 15 tackles (10 solo) in the season finale. Prior to that, he had never had more than five takedowns in a single contest. Oakland re-signed him to a one-year deal in March, which took on added importance after fellow defensive tackle departed for AFC West rival Kansas City.