That’s because the Baylor receiver followed up a stellar career with an eye-opening Combine.
The 6-foot-3, 207-pound Mims tested at the 80th percentile in six out of the 10 categories he participated in at the Combine, including his height, which puts him in the 81st percentile.
Of course, draft analysts have taken notice, too.
Denzel Mims made himself some $$$ this off-season. Wouldn't be surprised if he's drafted earlier than Jalen Reagor, KJ Hamler, Laviska Shenault and others.
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) March 5, 2020
You can start with Pro Football Focus, which gave Mims that highest grade its ever given to a player in this year’s Senior Bowl one-on-ones.
Dane Brugler of The Athletic has Mims going to Cincinnati with the first pick of the second round in his post-Combine, three-round mock. ESPN’s Mel Kiper has Minnesota drafting Mims with the No. 22 overall pick in his latest mock draft. And NFL.com draft analyst Chad Reuter also has the Vikings taking Mims in the first round in his four-round mock draft.
“The 2020 NFL Draft features one of the strongest groups of wide receivers ever, and with so many potential stars available some players are going to be overlooked and underrated more than they would in an ordinary year. Denzel Mims is the most likely candidate — he may be the most under-the-radar potential superstar of the group.”
Jake Rigdon (firstname.lastname@example.org) covers the NFL draft for Fanspeak and the On The Clock, which is the only NFL draft simulator that allows you to customize and use your own big board while giving you control over trades.