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Jets trade back, take Baylor WR Denzel Mims in second round of NFL Draft

Baylor wide receiver Denzel Mims is hit West

Baylor wide receiver Denzel Mims is hit West Virginia safety Josh Norwood and safety Sean Mahone during the first half of an NCAA football game on Oct. 31, 2019, in Waco, Texas.  Credit: AP/Jerry Larson

Jets general manager Joe Douglas gave Sam Darnold a new weapon, although much later than expected.

After trading down 11 spots in the second round on Friday, Douglas still was able to draft a highly rated wide receiver Denzel Mims out of Baylor with the No. 59 pick overall in the NFL Draft.

Douglas sent the No. 48 selection overall to the Seahawks for pick Nos. 59 and 101 in the third round. The deal gave the Jets three third-round picks on Friday.

The trade came as somewhat of a surprise because the Jets desperately needed to improve their wide receiver room, and the better ones were being scooped up. Notre Dame’s Chase Claypool and Mims were both on the board when the Jets were scheduled to pick at 48. But Douglas apparently believed he could get better value picking later and it worked out.

Mims, a big target and playmaker, was clearly the best receiver available at 59. He caught 66 passes for 1,020 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior. Over his last three seasons, Mims totaled 182 catches for 2,901 yards and 28 touchdowns.

The 6-3, 207-pound Mims has good length, speed – he ran a 4.38 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine - and he showed he can make catches in traffic. But Mims had a number of drops at Baylor, which could have contributed to him falling in the draft. He said that will fuel him.

“Most definitely,” Mims said. “It’s always been a chip on my shoulder. I’ve always been underrated my whole life. At 59, I’m happy to be a Jet but I got a lot of work to do.”

This was considered a deep draft at the receiver position. Mims was the 13th one selected. He joins a receiver room that features Jamison Crowder, Breshad Perriman, Josh Doctson, Vyncint Smith and Braxton Berrios.

In the third round, the Jets took Cal safety Ashtyn Davis with the No. 68 pick, which they acquired from the Giants for Leonard Williams. Davis played all over after being a walk-on at Cal, including cornerback, nickelback free safety and strong safety. The Jets need cornerback help and could use safety insurance with Jamal Adams’ contract situation potentially getting sticky and Marcus Maye entering the final year of his deal. Davis also returned kicks at Cal.

The Jets took Florida outside linebacker/defensive end Jabari Zuniga with the No. 79 selection. He had 18.5 sacks in four seasons at Florida, but he played in only five games as a senior because of a high ankle sprain.

Douglas turned the  101st pick into more draft capital, trading it to the Patriots for two fourth-round picks (Nos. 125 and 129  on Saturday) and a 2021 sixth-round pick. The Jets now have six picks in rounds four through six Saturday (Nos. 120, 125, 129, 158, 191 and 211).

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