There's no doubt the Philadelphia Eagles are looking for talented wide receivers in next week's draft. One prospect they keep calling is Baylor's Denzel Mims, who I believe would be a great fit for the Birds.
Mims is an interesting player -- he is a combination of a big receiver that can still be a speedy receiver that quarterback Carson Wentz needs. At the Combine last month Mims was the 3rd-fastest receiver in the 40-yard dash (4.38 seconds). He might not be as fast as my previous draft prospects I wrote about like Henry Rugs III, but he does, however, remind me a lot of Hall of Famer Terrell Owens. Mims is the same stature as Owens and I feel also has the same playing ability as T.O. (without the drama). His size makes up for the difference in speed from other receivers in this draft. He stands six foot three and 216 pounds, and he will be a nightmare for most cornerbacks in the league. He is going to be tough to tackle when one on one, just like how Owens was with being a master of yards after the catch.
I also think Mims will be a great redzone threat, as his 6'3 frame will be bigger than most of the cornerbacks he will match up with. With Alshon Jeffery recovering from injury, the Eagles lack a wide receiver that can pose as a redzone threat. To give Carson Wentz another weapon like Mims will bring out the best in #11's game.
Just take a look down at his highlights and how he is able to get separation. When he is covered, he is big enough to fight for the ball before breaking free for yards after the catch.
The Eagles have had big receivers (Alshon Jeffery) and fast receivers (DeSean Jackson) for Carson Wentz to throw to, but never one that had both attributes. They have tried to add receivers with that combination before for Carson Wentz to have, but with no success. Dorial Green-Beckham, who they traded for in 2016, was a colossal bust; he only had 392-yards and never played in the NFL again after that season. They also added J.J. Arcega-Whiteside in last year's draft, but so far he seems to be on a path similar to Green-Beckham's.
With that being said, will Mims fit the Bird's offensive scheme and build chemistry with Wentz? Or will he end up as another receiver bust the Eagles drafted? I'm sure the Eagles know he's a diamond in the rough; they can't afford another bust at the wide receiver position with Wentz entering his prime. In my opinion, they need to go for a safer player with their first-round pick, and if he's still available for the team's second selection then they should yell his name immediately.
There's a lot of pressure on Howie Roseman with this year's draft picks, so if he is willing to take a risk on Mims it may save his reputation in Philly, or it might come back to bite him hard. At the end of the day though, I certainly think he is a potential star with his talent, and is much better than the recent wide receiver draft picks they have made. I would enjoy seeing him in the midnight green connecting with Wentz in the redzone in 2020 and beyond.