Did the New York Jets land a steal of a WR in Denzel Mims?

Alexander Wilson
New York Jets, Denzel Mims
Sep 21, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Baylor Bears wide receiver Denzel Mims (5) makes a catch against the Rice Owls in the first half at Rice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Taking a look at New York Jets new wide receiver Denzel Mims:

Many believe that Baylor wide receiver Denzel Mims is a first-round talent, but he subsequently fell to the Jets later on in the second round, marking him as a steal. Mims is an exceptional talent with quality red zone traits and abilities.

In 2019, he logged 1020 receiving yards and 12 overall touchdowns. His 15.5 yards per catch was astounding and really extends the field for Jets quarterback Sam Darnold.

Mims can be a downfield threat for the Jets, similar to Robbie Anderson, who left in free agency to the Seattle Seahawks. NFL.com projects him as a starter within the first two seasons of NFL play. His long strides and excellent height and physical traits open up a door of possibilities on a Jets offense that already consists of Jamison Crowder, Breshad Perriman, and star running back Le’Veon Bell.

Some of the positive strengths he brings to the NFL is speed, great instincts when the ball is in the air, the ability to get to the ball at its highest point, and is a smooth route runner with room to grow.

He can be jammed at the line of scrimmage and is a little slow off his break, but these are things that the Jets will work on with him as he develops in the coming months. He does have a history of dropping contested balls, but frequently this comes down to fundamentals and body control, things the Jets can refine.

One weakness that Lance Zeirlien hits on is a lack of competitiveness, which can be a significant factor in a player succeeding at the next level. Hopefully, falling to the second round places a chip on his shoulder that allows him to break out and reach his potential. Mims is essentially a high-upside duplicate of Anderson.