Marvin Mims Jr-WR-Oklahoma
Height: 5′ 11″
Weight: 183 lbs
40-yard dash: 4.38s
3-cone drill: 6.9s
20-yard shuttle: DNP
Vertical Jump: 39.5″
Broad Jump: 10-9
Bench Press: DNP
*age is at the start of player’s rookie year
Marvin Mims had an outstanding start to his college football career with the Oklahoma Sooners, making an immediate impact in his freshman year in 2020. Despite being a newcomer to the team, Mims played in 11 games and caught 37 passes for 610 yards and nine touchdowns. He quickly became a favorite target for quarterback Spencer Rattler, showing off a quarterback rating of 139.5 when targeted. Mims’ exceptional performance as a freshman earned him multiple Freshman All-America honors, making him the first wide receiver in Oklahoma history to earn the FWAA Freshman All-America status. Additionally, he also earned freshman All-America honors from The Athletic and ESPN.
Mims continued to impress in his sophomore year in 2021, playing in 13 games and starting 11 of them. He improved his average yards per reception to an impressive 22.0, finishing the season with 32 catches for 705 yards and five touchdowns. Mims’ performance earned him an All-Big 12 honorable mention by the league’s head coaches, and he was also an academic All-Big 12 Second Team honoree.
In his junior year in 2022, Mims continued to showcase his abilities on the field. He played in 12 games and hauled in an impressive 52 catches for an elite 1,005 yards, with an average of 19.3 yards per catch and six touchdowns. His exceptional play earned him a first-team All-Big 12 selection by the league’s head coaches and a second-team All-Big 12 choice by AP. He was also named an All-Big 12 honorable mention choice by the league’s head coaches and an academic All-Big 12 Second Team honoree.
Marvin Mims is a dynamic playmaker with the ability to make big plays both as a receiver and as a punt returner. Despite his size, he plays bigger than his frame suggests thanks to his competitiveness and exceptional ball skills. His vertical speed and innate skill for high-pointing the ball make him a constant threat downfield, where he can stack on top of cornerbacks and work well on back-shoulder throws. Mims also possesses good hands and body control, allowing him to excel in contested catch situations. One of my personal favorite traits of Mims is his ability to track the ball in the air. Oftentimes, the ability for a QB to throw a deep ball relies much more heavily on the receiver’s proficiency at tracking the pass than how to pinpoint the throw actually is.
In addition to his receiving skills, he shows excellent vision and elusiveness as a runner in space, frequently breaking tackles and making defenders miss. Used as a punt returner in college, it is very conceivable that Mims’ next team also uses him on special teams. Mims’ versatility and consistent production make him a valuable asset at the next level.
Marvin Mims’ size at just 5-11 and a little over 180 lbs will be a challenge against bigger and more physical DBs in the NFL, limiting him to a slot position. While he has enough speed to spread defenses vertically, his lack of game-changing speed remains a significant barrier to a high NFL draft pick. As a result, Mims will have to be near-perfect in every other aspect to succeed. To start, Mims needs to eliminate all wasted motion at the LOS from his game. Allowing DBs to rock him immediately puts him at a disadvantage (duh), requiring at least one extra step before working upfield.
Although Mims’ electric speed affords him some room for inefficiencies, it may not be enough in the pros. In addition to cleaning up his release, he must master the ins and outs of route-running. Mims primarily ran post/corner variations alongside speed outs, slants, and WR screens under former Oklahoma Head Coach, Lincoln Riley. But his route tree may not have gotten more complex after Riley left. Furthermore, Mims will have to develop a better sense of finding the holes in zones and exploiting them. His lack of size means that scheming him open and offering him room to work will be more necessary for NFL offensive coordinators than in college.
Pre Draft Analysis
Expected Draft Capital- Round 2/3
Despite being small for his position, Mims has shown the ability to be a productive receiver and return man at the college level. However, his limited size and ceiling as an outside receiver will likely prevent him from being a projected first-round pick. That being said, his skillset makes him a strong candidate for a round 2 or at the latest a round 3 selection, where a team could capitalize on his potential as a productive slot receiver and return specialist. I personally would love to see the Packers or Panthers take him with one of their picks to help their young QBs (assuming Rodgers goes to New York).
Post Draft Analysis
Denver Broncos - Round 2, Pick 32
With their move to secure Marvin Mims towards the end of the second round in the 2023 Draft, the Denver Broncos added an element of rapidity to their offense which was noticeably lacking in 2022. Head coach Sean Payton envisions a specialized role for Mims, indicating his initial positioning as a rotational wideout primarily targeted for downfield plays. This implies a promising chance of Mims rising to become Denver’s secondary receiver after Jerry Jeudy. However, Tim Patrick is likely to kick off the season in this spot. Despite the presence of seasoned wide receivers such as Courtland Sutton, Jeudy, and Patrick, Mims’ exceptional ability to stretch defenses, demonstrated consistently during his three seasons at Oklahoma, renders him an essential component in Denver’s strategy to revitalize their low-scoring offense, especially considering how disappointing K.J Hamler has been up to this point in his career.
Mims could particularly thrive under the skilled downfield passes of Russell Wilson, provided he regains his proficiency from the challenging 2022 campaign. Given that Mims achieved 16.2 percent of his receptions over 40 yards in 2022 and averaged a remarkable 13.5 yards per target over his final two seasons at Oklahoma, the potential for big plays is undeniable. Mims will likely be fourth in the depth chart behind Sutton, Jeudy, and Patrick as KJ Hamler’s availability for training camp remains uncertain. However, his addition could inject a much-needed dose of speed, especially in play-action passes, early on. As such, despite expected variability in his fantasy production, Mims presents a solid bench stash option in deeper formats.