Initial Reaction – New York Jets Select WR Denzel Mims

Joe Caporoso with initial reaction to the New York Jets selecting Baylor WR Denzel Mims in the 2nd round

The New York Jets traded back 11 spots in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft and acquired an extra third round pick, yet still found a way to grab Baylor WR Denzel Mims with their pick, a player who fell a bit further than most expected. Joe Douglas has had an early concentration on offense, starting with tackle Mekhi Becton and following up with Mims, addressing two major needs and helping Sam Darnold in the process.

Mims is 6’3, 207 pounds and clocked a 4.37 forty uard dash at the combine. He has the profile and speed of an outside receiver who can immediately compete for major playing time as a rookie for the Jets. Mims has all the measurables but will need to adjust to the physicality of NFL cornerbacks Mims racked up over 1,000 yards receiving last year for Baylor and caught 12 touchdowns, while averaging over 15 yards per catch.

Mims has many skills that could replace many parts of what Robby Anderson is leaving behind after going to Carolina. It was somewhat surprising how far he fell but there may be concerns over his ability to run a full route tree and have the necessary over physicality to be a consistent starter. Regardless, Mims would have been solid value at #48 and the Jets were able to move down 11 picks, collect an extra pick and still select him. Beyond that, it is great to see Joe Douglas so focused on offense.

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the EVP of Content at Whistle Sports