Denzel Mims Player Profile
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 207 lbs
40 Time: 4.38 seconds
College: Baylor University
Denzel Mims flourished into a star at Baylor, compiling almost 3,000 receiving yards and 28 touchdowns in his last three years as a Bear. Denzel comes from a family of football players, as two of his cousins played Division-1 college football, and his father was a running back for Baylor. Mims is an athlete in every sense of the word, standing 6 foot 3, with 4.38 speed, and a 38.5 inch vertical jump. Throw in a 78.5 inch wingspan, and 9.5 inch hands, and you have a serious red zone threat, with an elite catch radius, who has the speed to shred any defense. Mims is optimally an outside the numbers type receiver, who has superb body control, which gives him the ability to go up and get it with the best of them. He is a threat to score from anywhere on the field due to his unique mix of size and speed. Mims however, does lack strength. He struggles to beat the press, and generate separation against more physical corners.
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The aforementioned pros to Denzel Mims' game are the athletic traits he possesses. Let's take a second to expand on this, and dive into why Denzel Mims is any quarterback's dream. Forget the sub 4.40 speed he possesses, Mims is never truly covered. The average wingspan of the NFL cornerback is 75 inches. Mims has that beat by over three and a half inches, and it's no secret that standing at 6 foot 3, he towers over the average corner, as they stand a mean height of only 5'11". So now that we've established Denzel's incredible measurables, lets talk about how that translates on the football field. With his length, Mims is able to reach footballs that many corners would not even dream of bringing down. Harboring a 38.5 inch vertical, and top flight body control, that jumps off the screen at you when you watch him play, you can watch Mims make catches reminiscent of Calvin Johnson, or Julio Jones. Seriously, just watch some of the man's highights and you'll understand.
With every athletes pros and positives, come the cons to their game, or areas that need improvement. Mims does a lot of things very well, but running routes is not one of those things. There's a reason that in most of his highlight reel plays, he doesn't find himself wide open, in fact, in most of them, he's being smothered by a defensive back. This is because Mims struggles to generate much separation, which can be accredited to a number of different sufficiencies. Mims lacks strength, and as a result, he does not excel at beating press coverage. He also lacks footwork, as he is not able to generate separation at the top of his linear routes either. These, along with his immaculate body control, are things that jump off the screen at you when you watch him play. The crazy part is that he did not need to generate any separation at the college level, he made highlight reel play, after highlight reel play regardless of the coverage. Mims is an athletic freak, but he needs to work on creating some more separation in order to have success on the professional level.
Expect Denzel to be drafted either in the back end of the first round, or the early second. Mims has been a late climber on the draft boards, after his showing at the combine, running the fifth fastest 40 yard dash of any player in his class. There are a number of teams who are well suited for Mims, but the Green Bay Packers are the first that come to mind for many. Aaron Rodgers needed targets well before the losses of Jimmy Graham and Geronimo Allison, so there is a massive hole to be filled with that 30th overall pick. Do not be surprised if you see Denzel wearing the same colors on Sundays, as he did on Saturdays. Some more suitors for Denzel would be the Vikings, who need a successor to Stefon Diggs, the 49ers, who are looking to replace Emmanuel Sanders, and the Texans, who desperately need SOMEONE for Deshaun Watson to throw the ball to. Denzel should be a serious play maker on Sundays if he can learn to polish his routes. Pair Mims with an Elite quarterback, and watch the production speak for itself.
Ceiling: A.J. Green
Floor: Kenny Golladay