Brett Veach has a history of acquiring highly-drafted players who flamed out in their first contract. He’ll potentially have the opportunity to add another, as the Jets are moving on from former second-round pick Denzel Mims at wide receiver.
Injuries limited Mims to just 30 games over his three seasons in New York. He caught 42 of 92 targets for 676 yards during his tenure.
With a wide receiver room lacking proven contributors, should the Chiefs consider adding Mims?
Denzel Mims’ Fit in Kansas City
Mims was a dominant receiver at Baylor, posting two 1,000-yard seasons and catching 28 touchdowns over three years. He’s physical and excels at contested catches, though he’s struggled with separation and health at the pro level.
With the Chiefs, Mims could theoretically be a possession receiver to complement the flashy plays that Kadarius Toney, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and Skyy Moore provide.
That’s not to say Mims is slow. He ran a blazing 4.38 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine and showed a knack in college for tracking deep balls. It’s easy to imagine Patrick Mahomes airing out a pass to the back of the end zone and Mims making a play on the ball.
Brett Veach’s tendency to acquire players of Mims’ profile makes this a logical destination, though I’m not sure the Chiefs should make a move.
A Crowded Wide Receiver Room
The Chiefs’ wide receiver room is just too crowded to bring Mims in. With Toney, Valdes-Scantling, Moore, second-round pick Rashee Rice, Justin Watson, and Richie James, Kansas City’s top six receivers appear set.
Justyn and John Ross have flashed as well and have fans clamoring for their addition to the roster. Mims would need to supplant likely three of those eight guys, and the Chiefs have already made investments in the aforementioned players.
Mims’ injury history should worry the organization as well, as they’ve already got one injury-prone receiver in Toney. Roster spots are precious, and after suffering a slew of injuries to the position in the playoffs, I don’t see Veach investing in someone that’s struggled to stay on the field.
It wouldn’t stun me if the Chiefs show some interest in Mims, but I think it’d be wiser to move forward with the guys already in the building.