Jets GM Joe Douglas has said many times this offseason that the priority for the team was building around rising quarterback Sam Darnold, in terms of both offensive line help and playmakers.
On Thursday, the Jets addressed the offensive line, selecting Louisville tackle Mekhi Becton with the 11th overall pick.
On Friday, it was time to give Darnold a new weapon, and that's exactly what the Jets did, selecting Baylor wide receiver Denzel Mims with the 59th overall pick.
"What you're getting in Denzel is a long, smooth receiver, great body control, big catch radius, soft hands, ability to turn short catches into long touchdown runs," Douglas said on a conference call. "He's a deceptive strider. He has excellent speed. But he's such a smooth and controlled mover that you don't realize how fast he's going.
"When we were down in Mobile (at the Senior Bowl), he really had a strong week and really separated himself in Mobile as one of the top receivers for the week."
Mims brings a lot to the table with his 6-foot-3, 207-pound frame and his 4.38 speed. But aside from his physical traits, he is also bringing a fierce sense of competition to the Jets' receiving room.
"Usually when you call these guys they're really excited, there's a lot of emotion. Denzel had a real chip on his shoulder," said Douglas. "It was important to him that he was going to make these teams pay for passing him up. We can't wait to get that type of competitor, that type of mentality in the building."
Mims caught 66 passes for 1,020 yards and 12 touchdowns during his final season with Baylor, and while some analysts have pointed to his relatively small route tree (something that has been common among Big-12 receivers), Mims believes he can adapt well to the pro game.
"I feel like I'm going to adjust well to the game," said Mims. "One thing I was always taught at Baylor was to be a pro. We always did everything first class, pro-style like we were already in the league. So I feel like I'm ready for the league. I'm ready to be there."
And his new head coach knows that Mims will have the ability to grow as a player in the Jets offense.
"The route tree is not a concern for me with him," said Adam Gase. "I think he's got the ability to learn. … We'll figure out how far he goes mentally, and we'll take advantage of what he knows and allow him to do the things he does well as much as possible."
Not only were the Jets able to find Darnold a playmaker in Round 2, but they were also able to trade back 11 spots to do so, picking up the 101st pick in the process, and still land the talented Baylor wideout.
"When we were getting close to the 48, we had a strong group of players, not only wide receivers but other positions, and we just felt like with the amount of players that we had, moving back to 59, realizing that you may lose a few but there's still going to be enough players there that you're excited about," explained Douglas. "So we felt that wasn't too far to move back and we were able to get it done with John (Schneider) in Seattle."
Both Gase and Douglas confirmed that adding speed, whether at receiver or even at safety like they did with third-rounder Ashtyn Davis, was something they knew they needed to do as a team, and adding a player like Mims will certainly go a long way towards helping that cause.
"There's no doubt that going in we were looking for explosive guys, explosive playmakers," Douglas said.