SKOL Search: Marvin Mims scouting report

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Background

Dec 29, 2022; Orlando, Florida, USA; Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Marvin Mims Jr. (17) catches a pass while defended by Florida State Seminoles defensive back Renardo Green (8) in the fourth quarter during the 2022 Cheez-It Bowl at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Marvin Mims

  • Maryland

  • Height-5’11”

  • Weight-177 lbs

  • Third-year Junior

  • 4-Star recruit per 247 Sports

  • Stats: 123 receptions, 2,398 yards, 20 touchdowns

  • Games watched: Oregon 2021, Texas 2022, Kansas 2022, Texas Tech 2022

Strengths

Oklahoma’s wide receiver Marvin Mims Jr. (17) runs with the ball against Texas Tech, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, Jones AT&T Stadium.

The first thing that jumped out to me about Mims was his ability to separate. Yes, Mims is fast and has an athletic advantage over just about everyone on the field, but he doesn’t just use that to get open. He gets how to win with manipulation at the top of the route. The jab step he uses to avoid contact paired with his athleticism is perfect.

As a blocker, Mims gives maximum effort. He’s feisty and aggressive when he engages with the defender. His hands are good and it shows with only 8 drops in 177 targets (4.51%).

Weaknesses

Nov 12, 2022; Morgantown, West Virginia, USA; Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Marvin Mims Jr. (17) attempts to jump over and collides with West Virginia Mountaineers safety Hershey McLaurin (13) during the third quarter at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Size is of real concern with Mims. He looks every bit of 5’10” and 177 lbs. In fact, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he comes in smaller than that. Because of that, he is inconsistent with physicality. It’s easy to knock him off of his route and he can get overpowered when blocking.

Mims doesn’t have a diverse route tree and press coverage at the next level could give him real issues. He might be limited to being a slot only at the next level.

Overview

Oklahoma’s wide receiver Marvin Mims Jr. (17) scores a touchdown against Texas Tech during the Big 12 football game, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, Jones AT&T Stadium.

Hands

8.2/10

Release

7.9/10

Route Running

12.5/15

Separation

13.6/15

Contested Catches

6.9/10

Tracking

8.2/10

Body Control

8.1/10

YAC Ability

8.3/10

Agility

8.4/10

Grade

82.1/100 Second Round

There are going to need to be questions answered about Mims come the combine. He needs to have good measurables and test really well. Without those elements, he will just be another small receiver. His ability to stretch the field is something that can help the Vikings, but his overall effectiveness could be limited.

Story originally appeared on Vikings Wire