Is Baylor WR Denzel Mims the perfect fit for the Eagles at 21?
8 April 2020 DRAFT
An option for the Philadelphia Eagles if they stay at pick 21 is Baylor wide receiver Denzel Mims. With the Eagles interest in Mims being known, we take a look to see how he’d fit in.
Staying put at 21 gives the Eagles a real chance of missing out on Henry Ruggs, Jerry Jeudy and CeeDee Lamb. With a few wide receiver teams above the Eagles, these three will likely be gone by 21. If the Eagles want one of them, they’ll have to move up.
However, it’s not the end of the world for the Eagles. With this being such a deep wide receiver class, there’s a ton of talent at their first round pick and beyond. Like forth noted, if there’s a name to keep in mind, it’s Mims.
This past season at Baylor, Mims accumulated 66 receptions for 1,020 yards and 12 touchdowns. He displayed versatility and play making ability. His ability to make jump ball catches really put him above the rest.
Here’s a scouting report on Mims from Lance Zierlein on NFL.com.
“ Mims is a long-striding outside target with excellent height, weight and speed and an insane catch-radius. He’s a touchdown threat anytime he’s near the red zone, with the focus and body control to finesse and finish catches above the rim. He struggles to release and separate from physical press corners, and he doesn’t consistently compete and outwork opponents for positioning on contested catches. If the route work and intensity catch up with his natural athletic ability, he could become a dangerous “Z” receiver in a vertical offense, but the floor might be lower than some teams are comfortable with.” (NFL.com)
How would he fit with the Eagles? Looking at Pro Football Focus, Mims played 671 of his 723 snaps last season lined up on the outside for Baylor. Which could mean he could play both the X or Z position for the Eagles which is perfect because they have other options at the slot right now.
Is Mims the perfect prospect this very moment? It’s hard to say. However, his upside is undeniable.
Baylor WR Denzel Mims: 39 contested catches since 2017
1st among all WRs pic.twitter.com/1e1JGgifVy
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 3, 2020
His ability to make tough catches, win his routes at the line of scrimmage and his overall upside make him the perfect for the Eagles to draft. Hopefully with a little of NFL coaching, Mims will take off. The Eagles would be one of the ideal spots for him to land on draft day.
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