The_Coach: Denzel Mims (Baylor)
At 6’ 3”, 210 pounds, Denzel Mims turned some heads at the NFL Combine when he posted a 4.38 forty-yard dash time to round-out some physical traits that include a 38.5 inch vertical jump. During Baylor’s 11-3 campaign in 2019, Mims grabbed 66 catches for 1,020 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has room for improvement in terms of his physicality and his effort and fight at the point of catch, but his speed and size mix will be hard to pass on for any NFL franchise.
Ross Parker: CeeDee Lamb (Oklahoma)
I’m following Coach’s lead and double-dipping into the Big 12 receivers with my pick here. CeeDee Lamb looks the part of an NFL receiver at 6’ 2” and 190 lbs, and his play on the field warrants the expectations of a number one receiver in the NFL. His exceptional body control, smooth feet and sticky hands help establish traits to be massively successful, but it’s his ability after catching the ball that is exceptional as well. He may lack top end speed, but he makes up for it in his ability to box out defender before the catch and break some ankles post-catch.
There may be a slight learning curve adjusting from Big 12 corners, that play almost exclusively off-ball coverage, to NFL defenders that are much more aggressive at the line of scrimmage. However, this shouldn’t hinder your team from drafting him, Lamb’s athletic traits and experience will help ease that transition. Lamb could quickly become one of the top wide receivers in the NFL within three years of being drafted, and he compares quite well to DeAndre Hopkins if we want to talk NFL comparisons. Expect him to be gone within the top 15 picks.
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