New York Jets: GM Joe Douglas hits home run in first Gang Green draft

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Round 2, Pick 59: Wide Receiver – Denzel Mims, Baylor

In Round 2, Joe Douglas pulled off something that showed he was ready for the moment. He traded the Jets pick at 48th overall to Seattle for the 59th and 101st picks. While trading down, Douglas not only accumulated a high pick (third round), but he still got the player he wanted all along. Borderline first-rounder, wide receiver Denzel Mims was available to the Jets at pick at 59.

Before the draft, Gang Green lost wide receiver, Robby Anderson, to the Carolina Panthers in free agency. They brought in Breshad Perriman, from Tampa but were still lacking the player who could take the top off a defense.

Insert, Denzel Mims. He ended his senior season at Baylor with 66 catches for 1,020 yards and 12 touchdowns. Mims has some raw abilities that need refining, but his overall skill-set is as good as any receiver in the draft.

Team Fit

Like Mekhi Becton, Mims fits this New York Jets team like a glove. The draft priority was to grab players that make Sam Darnold better. An impact receiver such as Mims can become a number one-type receiver for Darnold and give him a legitimate weapon in the passing game.

Even with Robby Anderson, the Jets lacked a receiver who could win one on one matchups consistently. Mims still needs to work on this part of his game, but he has shown the capabilities of taking that step.