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With the 59th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the New York Jets selected Baylor wide receiver Denzel Mims.
In a highly productive 2019, Mims finished with 1,020 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns on 66 receptions. In 2018, Mims earned All Big-12 Second-Team honors with 794 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns. Over his three-year career at Baylor, Mims ranks 6th in touchdown receptions with 16.
At 6-3, Denzel Mims is a rare breed of size and speed at the wide receiver position. At the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine, Mims ran a 4.38 40-yard dash. Mims posted an elite relative athletic score of 9.76 at the Combine.
Though Denzel Mims struggles with drops, his catch radius is among the best in the class. Even with a defender in his space, Mims is capable of boxing out the opposing defensive back like a basketball player in the low post. Simply put, if you throw the Ball in Mims’ wheelhouse, there’s a solid chance that it can be caught.
Though Mims still needs work with his route tree and route running, the progress throughout his college career is promising.
In the right system, with proper coaching, Mims has all the tools to become a matchup nightmare and Pro Bowler at the next level.
At the next level, Denzel Mims compares to Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay.
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What the Analysts Say
Denzel Mims projects as an X-receiver at the NFL level. With his notable catch radius, physical play and high end body control, Mims projects as a potential starter at the pro level. –Kyle Crabbs, The Draft Network
Mims was a consistent threat for the Baylor offense and had an exceptional week of practices at the Senior Bowl then followed it up with a great Combine workout. He’s a big-bodied receiver on the rise who can be an effective third-down or red-zone target. –Tony Pauline, Pro Football Network
After losing Robby Anderson to the Carolina Panthers in free agency, the New York Jets needed a weapon for Sam Darnold. Mims is that weapon. With the need at receiver, expect Denzel Mims to start for the Jets and be able to take the defensive backs down the field. Overall, Denzel Mims and the New York Jets are a match made in heaven, especially for Sam Darnold.