With the 59th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Jets select Baylor wide receiver Denzel Mims …
Denzel Mims Career Statistics
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After waiting his turn behind K.D. Cannon and Ishmael Zamora as a freshman, Mims posted three strong seasons to close his career out at Baylor. He had a slight dip in 2018 while playing with a broken hand and alongside transfer Jalen Hurd, but quickly rebounded in his senior season with over 20% of the Baylor catches, yardage and half of their team passing scores.
Perhaps no wideout has done more for his stock since the end of the season than Mims. After garnering buzz at the Senior Bowl and catching the eyes of many scouts, he then registered a 92nd percentile physical score at the combine at 6’3” and 207 pounds.
The only thing Mims gets docked a bit for is being a non-early declare, which has been more of a red flag for wide receivers than any other position and that he led the country with 30.3% of his catches coming in contested catch situations. While that was a strength of his game, he was also covered up more on his targets than other wideouts in this class. For comparison sake, the next highest player was Tee Higgins at 18.6%. Despite the strong combine performance, Mims may be more of clasher than a complete wideout, but the upside is prevalent as a touchdown scorer given his strengths being able to make contested, contorted grabs with defenders all over him. No one in this class has more circus-style catches on his tape than Mims does.
Jets wideouts were in the back half of the league with 12.1 receptions (17th) for 150.8 receiving yards (21st) per game while combining for 12 touchdowns (24th). Jamison Crowder led the team in receptions (78), receiving yards (833) and touchdowns (six) in his first season with the team. The team lost Robby Anderson (52-779-5) via free agency, directly replacing him with a veteran in Breshad Perriman, who broke out the final five weeks of last season, catching 25-of-37 targets for 506 yards (20.2 yards per catch) and five touchdowns over his final five games of the season. The team only gave Perriman a one-year deal, the jury is still out on how sticky that end of the season output was.
The team has Quincy Enunwa under contract through the 2022 season, but with Enunwa being forced to the sidelines after just one game a year ago due to spinal stenosis, his future playing career is in jeopardy. The Jets needed to add viable perimeter targets for Darnold in year three and Mims fits that archetype.