Denzel Mims would love to be a Philadelphia Eagle.
And based on what Mims said on Thursday, it sure sounds like the Eagles are interested in that as well.
“I’ve talked to the Eagles a lot,” Mims said Thursday on 94 WIP with John Marks and Ike Reese. “I talked to them like four times last week. Four or five times last week.”
That doesn't mean the Eagles are going to select Mims next Thursday, but they wouldn't be calling him so much if there wasn't serious interest.
Mims caught 182 passes for 2,901 yards and 28 touchdowns over the last three years for Baylor and projects as a mid to-late 1st-round pick in next week’s draft.
Mims said he’s spoken with the Eagles more than any other team.
“I believe so,” he said. “Honestly, believe so. I talk to them a lot.”
Mims said he spoke during the past week with new wide receivers coach Aaron Moorehead and assistant wide receivers coach Matthew Harper, who’s been with the Eagles since 2013.
What would Mims bring to a team starving for a fast, young playmaking wideout?
“Some of the things I do can’t be taught,” he said. “And of course there’s some things they can teach me I can better at and elevate my game but some of the things I do can’t be taught. I’m a great blocker, contested catches, I’m a tall receiver and I’m fluid. I feel like I got that dog in me, especially when it comes to blocking. I feel like that shows a lot. You can’t teach someone to be tough. It’s either in you or it’s not.”
CeeDee Lamb and Jerry Jeudy are the consensus top two receivers in the draft, but Rotoworld and NBC draft analyst Josh Norris said on the Eagle Eye podcast Thursday that he believes Mims is the next-best wideout in the draft.
“I’m a huge fan of Denzel Mims,” he said. “The more you watch Denzel Mims the more you realize that he has those little details to his game. It’s advanced and it really comes in the form of using his hands, using his elbows, using his shoulders to create that little sliver of separation in his breaks at the catch point. He’s just dominant at the catch point. Some might point to him not creating separation and that’s why he has to win at the catch point, but I would say that Baylor's predictable offense forced him to do that. None of his production was easy, and I wouldn’t be surprised if his best production is ahead of him in the NFL.”
After a big 2017 season, Mims had an off year in 2018 but bounced back this past year. He said Thursday he played his junior year with a broken hand but kept playing instead of getting surgery.
Why not get surgery?
“Obviously it didn’t feel good,” he said. “It hurt. But I knew my team needed me, so I wasn’t going to let my broken hand stop me, even though I’m a receiver. I knew I could get surgery and it couldn’t get any worse. I’m just going to wait after the season and get surgery and just try to be here for my team, and if I gotta block I’m going to do that.”
Mims ran 4.38 at the Combine, third-fastest among wide receivers behind only Henry Ruggs of Alabama (4.27) and Quez Watkins of Southern Miss (4.35).
“I’m going to make some plays for you, I’m going to score touchdowns for you, of course, and I’m going to make those contested catches,” he said. “I’m always there during clutch time. When the game’s on the line, I always want the ball.”
Sounds like exactly what the Eagles need.
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