Jets 2nd-Round Draft Choice Denzel Mims: 5 Sports Surprises

Mims hopes to follow his cousin’s footsteps to the pros. “I look up to Keyarris a lot,” he in a feature on The Waco Tribune-Herald website. “His senior year [at Tulsa] he led the nation in receiving yards. That’s why I wear No. 15 now, because he wore 15 with the Panthers.”

Will Mims be known as No. 15 as a Jet? That would be a tough ask since sixth-year WR Josh Bellamy has the number now. But you never know.

If Not Philly, then … New York?

Mims didn’t sound like a shy dude or a smalltown wallflower when he spoke with Jets reporters. Yes, he grew up in Daingerfield. But in fact, he went to Baylor, which is in Waco, just down the interstate from Dallas/Fort Worth.

But an Internet search for his name brings up a number of versions of his aversion for the City of Brotherly Love during a predraft visit with Eagles officials.

“I wasn’t familiar with the whole city,” Mims was quoted as saying about Philadelphia. “There was a lot going on. You see a lot of people that look scary. I’m not part of that, I don’t like that. I had a bad experience going up there that first time.”

We could be wrong but something tells us he was putting on those Philadelphia city slickers. He’s a New Yorker now and says, “I want the spotlight on me … I want everything on my shoulders.” Doesn’t sound like Mims scares that easily.

Quite the Athlete
Here’s a further wrinkle on the type of athlete Mims is and the Jets are getting. He was not a two- or three-sport star in high school. He actually excelled at four sports: football, basketball, track and baseball.

And in baseball, he saw himself as a promising prospect at a young age … until he suffered a tough arm injury.

“I hurt my arm when I was pitching as a freshman in high school,” he recalled. “I still can’t throw a spiral at all.”

Why a spiral? Because not only was Mims a young pitcher but also a young QB, playing the position throughout junior high and his freshman HS season. After the injury, he became a wideout. The rest, Jets fans hope, will be history.

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