FSU linebacker Sims to skip senior season to turn pro

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Although his production dropped off from a sparkling sophomore season, Florida State linebacker Ernie Sims is giving up his senior year to enter the National Football League draft.

He is the second Florida State defender in as many weeks to announce plans to leave school early for the draft. Cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who missed the 2005 season with a knee injury, also says he's turning pro.

The speedy, undersized 21-year-old junior made 93 solo tackles in his three seasons, two as a starter. Sims, six foot and 220 pounds, finished fourth on the team with 20 solo stops this year, including two in Florida State's 26-23 Orange Bowl loss last week to Penn State.

Sims also has been troubled with concussions, causing him to be held out of Florida State's game at Duke last October.

He was one of the nation's most highly recruited high school players three years ago.