When it comes to size and speed combinations among the wide receivers in the loaded class for the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft, look no further than Denzel Mims. The former Baylor standout averaged nearly 16 yards per catch in his four seasons, showing an innate ability to come down with the ball whenever it was thrown his direction. He still has plenty of room to grow when it comes to route running and learning the nuances of the position but that only adds to his potential upside.
Denzel Mims Draft Profile
Mims is one of the best size/speed guys in this class. He was a basketball star in high school, and it shows up in his ball-tracking skills, vertical leap and body control when it comes to making plays downfield, giving him an enormous catch radius. He effectively stacks defenders and can hit a third gear when chasing the deep ball. In short areas, he has some suddenness to his movements, the kind of physical traits that suggest he could become an effective route runner.
Baylor receivers always come with a caution tag, and a coaching staff will have to work hard to expand Mims’ route tree. He especially needs to get a better feel for stemming his routes to set himself up to create more separation. While he’s competitive, he’s mostly a straight-ahead runner as a ball carrier and doesn’t make tacklers miss often.
The physical traits are exciting, and he should at least carve out a role as a deep-ball and red-zone specialist. A good position coach could unlock the potential in other areas.
Final Grade: 3rd round
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