30. Green Bay Packers – Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
Analysis by Arrowhead Addict contributor Grant Tuttle
There is no question, the Packers need more than Davante Adams at wide receiver. The Packers were poised to make a Super Bowl run in 2019, but were ultimately ousted by the 49ers after they struggled to make a series of big 3rd down conversions. Looking objectively at the Packers roster, there are not many weaknesses. Every position has a capable player. Wide receiver is the only true question mark. Adams has had struggles staying healthy and Devin Funchess has never lived up to his hype. To me, it is clear that the Packers will be looking for the best wide receiver at this pick. To them, Denzel Mims is that guy.
Mims is a polarizing character in this year’s draft class. Analysts cannot seem to decide what round he belongs in. With explosive yet raw talent, Mims has the capability to make huge plays and get open in the middle of the field. In his final season at Baylor, Mims caught 12 touchdowns. After running a 4.38 second time during the combine’s 40 yard dash, Mims’s critics were forced to take a second or third look. With a strong frame and incredible athleticism, Mims being available at 30 for the Packers to pair him with Devante Adams is wonderful news for them. According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, the Packers “like him (Mims) alot.” His untapped potential and ability to immediately contribute makes him a viable draft target for any of the teams drafting at the end of the first round.
While Mims has explosive traits, his inconsistency can be seen on tape. At times, he can look like a powerful player that is unguardable; at other times he gets knocked off his routes and taken out of the game. While his burst is incredible, he has a legitimate problem with drops with 18 of them in the last two seasons. Although he has a few consistency issues, his potential is incredible and exactly what teams should be considering in the first round. Mims’s style reminds me of Dwayne Bowe which would be incredibly enticing for 2nd option at receiver if he can live up to that potential. (Grant Tuttle)
Other Players Considered: Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado; Zack Baun, LB, Wisconsin