The 2020 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. Here is the Denzel Mims 2020 NFL Draft profile.
Position: Wide Receiver
Size: 6-foot-3, 207 pounds
Class: Redshirt Senior
2019 stats: 66 receptions, 1,020 receiving yards, 12 touchdown catches, 15.5 yards per catch
Mims was a three-star football recruit and also ran track in high school. He decided to go to Baylor for college, where he grew into one of the best receivers in the 2020 NFL Draft class.
As a freshman, Mims saw the field with four catches for 24 yards. He blossomed into a star as a sophomore with 61 receptions for 1,087 yards and eight touchdowns. Baylor went 1-11 that season, which was head coach Matt Rhule’s first season at the helm. He wasn’t as productive as a junior with only 55 receptions for 794 yards and eight touchdowns. The team improved though, as they went 7-6 with a win in the Texas Bowl. Last season, Mims reemerged as a great target with 66 catches for 1,020 yards and 12 touchdowns. His play helped Baylor win 11 games and make the Sugar Bowl.
Mims exhausted his eligibility and has made a good case to be selected early on in the 2020 NFL Draft. He is currently projected to be selected late in round one or in round two.
He is near the top of the class when it comes to wide receivers blocking. Mims has good form and a great competitive toughness to get the job done when the team is running the ball. He starts the play off with a good drive and blocks through the whistle, giving maximum effort. Teams won’t have to worry about whether he can be left on the field for run plays.
Mims is a great athlete, which stems from his days as a football and track athlete in high school. He has good speed and can also jump with the best receivers in the class. His NFL Combine performance helped him display his athletic traits. Mims’ athletic ability allows him to win in one on one matchups to get open and to win jump balls when they are thrown his way.
His build and strength also are huge advantages for Mims. He is 6-foot-3 and 207 pounds, which is great for an outside receiver. He also has 33 7/8-inch arms, which along with his athletic ability gives him a great catch radius. Because he is so big and strong, he can simply overpower smaller cornerbacks.
Mims is not a great route runner. At Baylor, he did not run an extended route tree. He also did not break into his routes quickly. Mims needs to show he can consistently separate with his route running. If he can focus on the details and put more technical work into the way he runs his routes, Mims can be a real threat.
While Mims has the ability to catch a lot of balls thrown in his general area, he does need to catch more balls thrown his way. He is good at contested catches, but should win more of them given his size and athletic traits. Mims also has had some focus drops over his career that he needs to clean up in the NFL.
His long-speed and athleticism shouldn’t be questioned, but his quickness and agility are not great. This is what makes his breaks in his routes so lethargic. He also could be a bigger threat to run after the catch if he was more quick and agile. Teams won’t want to throw to him underneath very often, but will rather pick up yardage in big chunk plays.
Projected Draft Range: First Round Pick-Second Round Pick
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