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New York Jets Off the Clock: Second-Round Pick Wide Receiver Denzel Mims, Baylor

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New York Jets Off the Clock: Second-Round Pick Wide Receiver Denzel Mims, Baylor

2020-05-19 13:37:52

 

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: New York Jets second-round pick wide receiver Denzel Mims of Baylor. (Image Source: John Korduner/Getty Images)

The New York Jets had nine picks in the 2020 NFL Draft, including three Day 2 selections. As we take the Jets “Off the Clock,” we’ll breakdown all nine of their draft picks, continuing with their second-round choice:

Round 2; Pick 27 (59th Overall): WR Denzel Mims, Baylor

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Measurables: The Baylor product has measurable that pop. He has great length, speed, quickness, and athleticism. At 6’3” (81st percentile) with 33 7/8” long arms (93rd percentile), Mims has a tremendous catch radius. The speedster broke sub 4.4 in the 40-yard dash with a 4.38 time and he also posted eye-popping numbers in the vertical jump (38 ½”), broad jump (10’11”), and three-cone (6.66). He’s explosive and has stunning change of direction ability.

Skill Set: The second-round pick doesn’t just have great measurables, he puts them to use on the field. The speed and length combo made him a top-notch deep threat at Baylor. Mims knows how to work his way up the field and is also dangerous after the catch, as well as a red-zone weapon. The All-Big 12 wideout is also a strong route runner, is physical, and blessed with excellent body control.

Value: Many viewed Mims as a potential late first-round pick and had the Jets nabbed him with the 48th selection it would have been considered excellent value. Joe Douglas traded down 11 slots, added two fourth-round picks, and very possibly still landed the best player on the board had he stood pat.

Need: The lack of top-end talent and depth was just as bad at receiver, as offensive tackle. It was a position that Douglas had to address on Day 2. They replaced Robby Anderson with the unproven Breshad Perriman, which leaves Jamison Crowder as the only reliable wideout on the roster.

Mogollon’s Pick: Looking at who was on the board, I would have been debating between Mims and Michigan edge rusher Josh Uche, who went a pick later to the New England Patriots.

Who Did They Pass Up? In addition to Uche, LSU cornerback Kristian Fulton (61st overall) could also have immediately impacted the defense. From 48 to 59, two receivers were selected—Notre Dame’s Chase Claypool (49th overall) and Florida’s Van Jefferson (57th overall)—but I would have taken Mims over either. Had Douglas remained at 48, the player who could have been the most tempting was Boise State offensive tackle Ezra Cleveland (58th overall).

2020 Outlook & Beyond: With Crowder the only receiver locked into a role, it’s wide open for Mims heading into his rookie season. His main competition to start will be Perriman, a former first-round pick. Both have the long speed to replace what the team lost when Anderson signed with Carolina. In addition to Perriman, Josh Doctson and Braxton Berrios will be competing for playing time. The Jets need Mims to contribute in 2020 and the hope is he develops into Sam Darnold’s No. 1 target in the future.

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email: danmogollon@gmail.com.

 
 

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