Denzel Mims Says He's Talked to Eagles 'A Lot' Ahead of 2020 NFL Draft

Blake SchusterCorrespondent IIApril 16, 2020

Baylor wide receiver Denzel Mims runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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The Philadelphia Eagles may have begun signaling who they hope to take in the early rounds of the 2020 NFL draft.   

Baylor wide receiver Denzel Mims told 94 WIP in Philadelphia that he's been in regular contact with the organization recently.

"I've talked to the Eagles a lot," Mims told John Marks and Ike Reese on Thursday (h/t NBC Sports Philadelphia's Reuben Frank). "I talked to them like four times last week. Four or five times last week."

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller has Mims as the seventh-best wideout prospect in this year's class and the 43rd-best player overall, pegging him as an early-second-round selection. 

Given the Eagles' current picks, that means they're hoping he either falls a bit in the second round, or they believe in him enough to reach for him with their first pick. They will make their first selection at No. 21 overall before getting a second opportunity to draft at the same position in Round 2—barring any trades. 

For his part, Mims feels he would fit in well with Philly.

"Some of the things I do can't be taught," the receiver said. "And of course there's some things they can teach me I can better at and elevate my game but some of the things I do can't be taught. I'm a great blocker, contested catches, I'm a tall receiver and I'm fluid. I feel like I got that dog in me, especially when it comes to blocking. I feel like that shows a lot. You can't teach someone to be tough. It's either in you or it's not."

In his final year at Baylor, the 6'3", 207-pound wideout hauled in 66 catches for 1,020 yards and 12 touchdowns for an average of 15.5 yards per catch. After running the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds at the NFL combine, he's proved he has the speed necessary to become a deep-ball threat in the pros. 

That's something the Eagles could certainly use.

The team is currently trotting out a veteran receiving corps led by Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson. Adding Mims to the fold alongside Greg Ward Jr. would give the team some solid depth moving forward while filling up its pipeline of offensive weapons. 

The NFL draft kicks off on April 23. If Mims is still on the board when the Eagles are ready to pick, it may lead to a perfect union.