Underrated WR is must-have for Cowboys after praising Jerry Jones
By Jerry Trotta
It's anyone's guess if the Dallas Cowboys will take a wide receiver in the 2023 NFL Draft.
It certainly couldn't hurt, even after they acquired Brandin Cooks from Houston. Barring a serious injury, Cooks is locked into Dallas through the 2024 season, but the receiver room is murky behind him and CeeDee Lamb.
With another down year, the Cowboys could look to dump Michael Gallup's contract. Further, 2022 third-round pick Jalen Tolbert is entering a make-or-break sophomore season after he caught two passes for 12 yards on 89 snaps in year one.
If the Cowboys waited until the second or third round to add a wideout, Oklahoma speedster Marvin Mims is a name to know. A large contingent of Cowboys Twitter would love to keep the former Sooner in the midwest, and the hype might pick up after the former Sooner gushed over Jerry Jones in a recent interview.
Check out Mims talking about the Cowboys owner with Fan Duel's Kay Adams.
Oklahoma WR Marvin Mims Jr. a perfect draft target for the Cowboys after praising Jerry Jones.
What more boxes does Mims need to check? He was born in Frisco, has lived in Texas his entire life and is a Jerry Jones fan boy. What's not to love? The only qualm we have is that he never played with CeeDee Lamb in Norman. Perhaps Jones, Will McClay and the rest of Dallas' braintrust will change that next week.
On the field, Mims is a perfect fit in Mike McCarthy's offense that emphasizes short-timed passes to allow his receivers to make plays.
Mims on the smaller side for the position at 5-foot-11 and 183 pounds, but that can be said for almost the entire 2023 class. If not for his below-average height and weight, he likely would've scored a perfect relative athletic score.
According to PFF's Marcus Mosher, Mims placed in the 96th percentile in average depth of target, 91st percentile in burst score and a 99.9 PFF grade in single coverage. He added 20.1 yards per catch and averaged 8.1 yards after the catch per reception last season.
Yes, Mims played against Big 12 defenses, but are we supposed to hold that against him?
At the end of the day, he burst onto the scene at Oklahoma at age 18, which placed him in the 96th percentile amongst receivers. As a freshman, he totaled 610 receiving yards and nine touchdowns, while QB Spencer Rattler posted a 139.5 passer rating when targeting him.
As a senior in 2022, Mims finally broke the 1,000-yard mark on just 52 catches, which is a testament to his big-play ability. He can create yards after the catch and is great at establishing leverage on deep balls, as evidenced by his 602 deep yards in 2022. That was the sixth-most of any receiver.
Height notwithstanding, Mims is quietly one of the most complete WRs in this year's class and he should be in the running when the Cowboys are on the clock in the second round at No. 58 overall because chances are he'll be gone long by the time Dallas picks again in the third round with the No. 90 overall pick.
Pretty obvious he'd relish the chance to play with a star on his helmet.