Denzel Mims – WR (Baylor)
Wide receiver isn’t the biggest need for the Vikings in 2020. They have two of the best in the league in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. They also have an emerging talent with last year’s seventh-round rookie, Bisi Johnson. The problem for Minnesota at receiver is depth.
The Vikings’ receivers were hit by the injury bug this season. Early in the year, injuries to Chad Beebe forced Minnesota to go out and bring back Laquon Treadwell. They even got so desperate for help they signed Josh Doctson, who was a former first-round bust.
The Vikings can’t afford to enter the 2020 season with such a thin receiving corps and this year’s NFL Draft is a perfect opportunity for them to replenish the cupboard.
A receiver who stood out during the week of the Senior Bowl and should be moving up Minnesota’s draft board is Baylor wide receiver, Denzel Mims.
Mims was extremely impressive during the one-on-one portions of the Senior Bowl practices. The 6-foot-3, 216-pound Mims showed he was much faster than many scouts initially believed. He was able to burn by some defenders and get open down the field.
His route running was also sharper than expected and he was able to go up and high point the ball when his man was blanketing him. In the actual game itself, Mims’ versatility was on display as he took an end-around for a small gain.
Mims’ performance during this year’s Senior Bowl solidified his status as a Day 2 draft pick. If the Vikings want this guy on their roster next season, they may have to take him as early as the second round.