Philadelphia Eagles: Comparing Denzel Mims, Justin Jefferson for draft

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Denzel Mims: Six-foot-three. 207 pounds. 4.38 40-yard-dash. 33 7/8″ arms. 38.5″ vertical jump. 

Mims’ physical gifts are evident. He has long strides and lanky arms. His long limbs and athletic ability give him an impressive catch radius.

Whether its working short, intermediate routes or stretching the field, Mims uses his physical gifts to overmatch cornerbacks before, during, and after the catch.

His sub 4.4 speed gives him the potential to be a true three-level threat from the outside. Mims checks all the boxes for measurements you’re looking for with a go-to option. Given the Eagles’ dire need for big plays, Mims is a logical fit.

Justin Jefferson: Six-foot-one. 202 pounds. 4.43 40-yard-dash. 33″ arms. 37.5″ vertical jump.

While Jefferson has more modest athletic traits, he stills projects as a sufficient athlete. He’s not lightning quick or blazing fast, but Jefferson has enough of both to gain a step and make DBs pay for misplays.

I’d consider him a smooth athlete rather than an explosive athlete. Route running and tough, physical catches have been and will be his bread and butter.

For what Jefferson lacks by NFL standards, he makes up for it with strength and attitude. His physicality gives him the ability to play beyond his size. The point of the catch and yards after catch are where his toughness and muscle shine brightest.