4. Denzel Mims, Baylor
Like Claypool, Denzel Mims has good size (6-3) and speed (4.38). Scouts marvel at his huge catch radius and secure hands. He is a threat to break a long play at any time. Last year he had 66 receptions, 1,020 yards, and 12 touchdowns for Matt Rhule’s 11-3 Baylor Bears. His route-running skills are limited.
He uses his long stride and sprinter speed to stretch the field. NFL corners are almost as fast as he is, Mims will need to learn how to make plays other than outrunning his opponent.
3. Michael Pittman Jr., Southern California
Another big receiver, 6-4 Michael Pittman Jr., excels in the possession game. He is strong enough to win contested throws and often does, making him a very reliable target. His catch radius isn’t very big for a man his size and doesn’t have the breakaway speed to make him a scoring threat. Nevertheless, Pittman pulled in 101 passes for the Trojans in 2019, accounting for 1,275 yards and 11 TDs.
2. Laviska Shenault Jr, Colorado
If you have been reading our mock drafts, you know how I feel about Laviska Shenault Jr. He’s a talented game-breaking wide receiver with good size and speed. He’s been hampered by injuries the past two seasons and has gutted them out.
Shenault went to the combine in need of core muscle surgery and disappointed many scouts with a mediocre performance. At 48th overall, his fall can be the New York Jets gain. In a different draft class, Shenault would be a near-sure first-rounder.