Denzel Mims

American football player (born 1997)

American football player
Denzel Mims
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Mims with the Jets in 2022
No. 15 – Pittsburgh Steelers
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1997-10-10) October 10, 1997 (age 26)
Daingerfield, Texas, U.S.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:207 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school:Daingerfield (TX)
College:Baylor (2016–2019)
NFL draft:2020 / Round: 2 / Pick: 59
Career history
  • New York Jets (2020–2022)
  • Detroit Lions (2023)*
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (2023–present)*
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-Big 12 (2019)
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Receiving yards:676
Player stats at · PFR

Denzel Mims (born October 10, 1997) is an American football wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Baylor. He was selected by the New York Jets in the second-round of the 2020 NFL draft.

Early years

Mims attended Daingerfield High School in Daingerfield, Texas. He played wide receiver and safety. He committed to Baylor University to play college football.[1][2] Mims also ran track and played basketball in high school.

College career

Mims played in 11 games as a true freshman at Baylor in 2016 and had four receptions for 24 yards. He became a starter his sophomore year in 2017.[3][4] He started 11 of 12 games, finishing with 61 receptions for 1,087 yards and eight touchdowns.[5] As a junior in 2018 he started 10 of 12 games, recording 55 receptions for 794 yards and eight touchdowns. Mims returned for his senior year in 2019 and started all 13 games for Baylor, recording 66 receptions for 1,020 yards and 12 touchdowns. The final game of his collegiate career was the 2020 Sugar Bowl, which featured two 11–2 teams in the Baylor Bears and the Georgia Bulldogs. In that game, Mims led the Baylor offense in receiving yards, finishing with five receptions for 75 yards, and scoring the team's lone receiving touchdown. Georgia defeated Baylor with a final score of 26–14.[6]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press Wonderlic
6 ft 2+78 in
(1.90 m)
207 lb
(94 kg)
33+78 in
(0.86 m)
9+38 in
(0.24 m)
4.38 s 1.51 s 2.56 s 4.43 s 6.66 s 38.5 in
(0.98 m)
10 ft 11 in
(3.33 m)
16 reps 17
All values from NFL Combine[7][8]

New York Jets

Mims was selected by the New York Jets in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft as the 59th overall pick.[9] After missing most of training camp due to a hamstring injury, he was placed on injured reserve on September 15, 2020.[10] He was activated on October 24 and made his NFL debut in Week 7 against the Buffalo Bills and had four receptions for 42 receiving yards.[11] He missed the team's week 14 game due to a personal issue,[12] and returned to the team after the game.[13]

On August 25, 2022, Mims requested a trade from the Jets, with his agent Ron Slavin stating that the Jets were not giving Mims a legitimate opportunity to establish himself within the offense.[14] Mims was not traded by New York, and played in 10 games (4 starts) for the team in 2022, tallying 11 catches for 186 yards and no touchdowns.[15]

Detroit Lions

Mims and a conditional seventh-round selection in the 2025 NFL draft were traded to the Detroit Lions on July 20, 2023, in exchange for a 2025 conditional sixth-round draft selection.[16] On August 18, 2023, Mims was waived/injured by the Lions.[17]

Pittsburgh Steelers

On October 3, 2023, the Pittsburgh Steelers signed Mims to their practice squad.[18] He signed a reserve/futures contract on January 17, 2024.[19]


  1. ^ Holland, EJ (June 8, 2015). "Baylor adds commitment from sleeper East Texas WR Denzel Mims". Dallas News. Retrieved September 29, 2023.
  2. ^ Cherry, Brice (June 10, 2015). "Wideout Mims brings quickness to Bears' 2016 class". Retrieved September 29, 2023.
  3. ^ Jeyarajah, Shehan. "Denzel Mims sticks with Baylor, is ready to capitalize on breakout performance". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.[dead link]
  4. ^ Werner, John (September 28, 2017). "Baylor wideout Denzel Mims ready to take leadership role". Retrieved September 29, 2023.
  5. ^ "ET Football: Former Daingerfield standout Mims on Biletnikoff watch list". Longview News-Journal. July 19, 2018. Retrieved September 29, 2023.
  6. ^ "Sugar Bowl - Baylor vs Georgia Box Score, January 1, 2020". College Football at Retrieved November 10, 2020.
  7. ^ "Denzel Mims Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". Retrieved July 8, 2020.
  8. ^ "2020 Draft Scout Denzel Mims, Baylor NFL Draft Scout College Football Profile". Retrieved May 6, 2022.
  9. ^ White, RJ (April 24, 2020). "2020 NFL Draft: Jets pick Denzel Mims, Fantasy impact, draft grade and more to know". CBS Sports. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  10. ^ Allen, Eric (September 16, 2020). "Jets Place RB Le'Veon Bell, WR Denzel Mims and ILB Blake Cashman on Injured Reserve". Retrieved November 10, 2020.
  11. ^ Greenberg, Ethan (October 24, 2020). "Jets Activate WR Denzel Mims, OL Cameron Clark from Injured Reserve". Retrieved November 10, 2020.
  12. ^ Cimini, Rich (December 10, 2020). "New York Jets WR Denzel Mims out with family emergency; Adam Gase was 'surprised' by Jamal Adams' criticism". Retrieved January 26, 2021.
  13. ^ "Jets' Denzel Mims: Returns to team". December 14, 2020. Retrieved January 26, 2021.
  14. ^ Shook, Nick (August 25, 2022). "Former second-round pick Denzel Mims requests trade from Jets". Retrieved June 14, 2023.
  15. ^ Ventre, Ralph (June 11, 2023). "2023 Jets Country Player Profile: WR Denzel Mims (11)". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved September 29, 2023.
  16. ^ "Lions agree to terms with the New York Jets to acquire WR Denzel Mims via trade". July 20, 2023. Retrieved September 29, 2023.
  17. ^ "Detroit Lions cut Denzel Mims with injury designation, sign Jason Moore as WR replacement". August 19, 2023. Retrieved September 29, 2023.
  18. ^ "Steelers make practice squad moves". October 3, 2023.
  19. ^ Varley, Teresa (January 17, 2024). "Steelers sign 17 to Reserve/Future contracts". Retrieved January 17, 2024.

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