• Brian L. Barefield

Projected First Round NFL Draft Pick Played His Junior Season With A Broken Hand

Coming out of his junior year with the Baylor Bears, the biggest knock on wide receiver

Denzel Mims was the amount of times he dropped the football throughout the season.

Although he finished the season with 794 yards receiving, eight touchdowns, and 55 receptions, most scouts had him projected to go in the second round if he would have forgone his senior season with the Bears and declared himself eligible for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Mims production dropped throughout the season as he had 24 receptions in the month of September but only 12 in November and now we know the reason his 2018 wasn’t as productive as he wanted it to be.

NFL Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Mims played his entire junior season with a broken hand. No details have emerged on when he sustained the injury, but that would explain his inability to hang on to football and one of the reasons he returned to Baylor for his senior season.

Mims bounced back with a phenomenal 2019 season with over 1,000 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns. Baylor ended the regular season with an 11-1 overall record and a spot in the Big 12 Championship game where they lost to Oklahoma.

The first-team All-Big 12 receiver has been projected as a late first-round selection.

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