Denzel Mims

Baylor
WO36

Prospect Info

College
Baylor
Hometown
Class
Daingerfield, TX
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
207 lbs
33 7/8”
Hands
9 3/8”

Prospect Grade

6.33
Will be starter within first two seasons
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.38
Seconds
 
Bench Press
16
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
38.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
131.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.66
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.43
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

Playlist

Mims' family reunions are stacked with former football players. Three of his brothers played high school football. His cousin, David Mims II, played cornerback at Texas State, and David's father, David, was a running back for Baylor. Another cousin, Keyarris Garrett, led the nation in receiving yards as a senior and was signed by Carolina as an undrafted free agent. Mims built an impressive resume at Daingerfield High School in Texas, including earning honorable mention All-State honors in football, District MVP honors in basketball and winning the Class 3A 200-meter state title as a junior. He became Baylor's next "big thing" at receiver in his sophomore season, as Big 12 coaches voted him second-team all-conference after he started 11 of 12 games played and caught 61 passes for 1,087 yards (17.8 per catch) and eight touchdowns. Mims had a huge outing against Oklahoma that year, grabbing 11 throws for 192 yards and three scores. He did not see many passes his freshman year (four catches for 24 yards and 6.0 yards per catch in 11 games) due to the presence of talented players like KD Cannon and Ish Zamora ahead of him on the depth chart. His production dropped as the Bears took a step back in 2018 (55 catches, 794 receiving yards, 14.4 yards per catch), but he still managed a team-high eight receiving scores in 12 games with 10 starts. The Bears were back in 2019, partially because Mims was again torching opponents (66 catches, 1,020 receiving yards, 15.5 yards per catch, 12 receiving TDs in 14 starts) on his way to first-team all-conference honors.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
NFL Comparison
Tre'Quan Smith
Overview
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.
Strengths
  • Above-average combination of size and speed
  • Stair-steps and leverages corners out of in-breaking routes
  • Cushion chewer with some of the longest strides in the draft
  • Build-up speed allows him to bypass and stack coverage
  • Has a fluid stutter-go move to thwart route jumpers
  • Effective locating and adjusting to the throw
  • Fluent ball-snatcher above the rim
  • Focus sharpens on 50-50 throws
  • Full-body extension offers vast catch radius
  • Can reach back and snare back-hip throws without breaking stride
  • In-route jab steps and speed variations can be molded
  • Has the size and length to become a more potent stalk-blocker in space
Weaknesses
  • Lacks release quickness to slide past press jam
  • Early push upfield is dull and lacks urgency
  • Slow gather and break from a normal stride
  • Routes lack focus and salesmanship
  • Too tall into stems, with modest burst coming out
  • Competitive nature is lacking in many phases
  • Allows coverage to crowd routes and contest catches
  • Needs to become more physical at the top of his route
  • Despite size, gets bullied at the catch point
  • History of drops and poor success rate on contested catches
GRADE
8.0
The perfect prospect
7.3-7.5
Perennial All-Pro
7.0-7.1
Pro Bowl talent
6.7-6.8
Year 1 quality starter
6.5
Boom or bust prospect
6.3-6.4
Will be starter within first two seasons
6.1-6.2
Good backup who could become starter
6.0
Developmental traits-based prospect
5.8-5.9
Backup/special-teamer
5.5-5.6
Chance to make end of roster or practice squad
5.4
Priority free agent
5.0-5.1
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league