With the 85th pick of the 2023 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Chargers select: Oklahoma WR Marvin Mims Jr.
We've drafted tight end and running back so far. Making this a full offense first simulation, let's take a wideout. Oklahoma wide receiver Marvin Mims is available on the board and completes the Chargers' offensive makeover here.
Mims has 4.38 speed, is an elite route runner, and has a 54.5% contested catch rate despite a slender 5'11" 183 pound frame. He plays bigger when he has to and is more shifty when he needs to be. Truthfully, there's not a lot of receivers in this draft with a better combination of ability and natural athletic feel for the game like Mims.
Mims averaged almost 20 yards per catch with 1082 yards on 54 receptions. His ability to access the deep parts of the field with ease is just so reminiscent of a player like Emmanuel Sanders in his prime. Fittingly, the two of them have almost identical measurements.
The Chargers re-signed Jalen Guyton this week to be their "speed guy" at WR4/5, but it shouldn't stop them at all from adding more speed in the draft. The kind of speed and twitchiness that Mims plays with is different from someone like Guyton as well. It's not necessarily the redundancy issue of straight line speed that someone like Jalin Hyatt would bring. Mims is able to provide an edge on the outside or in the slot that no current wide receiver on the roster can.
Mims also has significant special teams experience as a punt returner. That's something to consider after the team lost DeAndre Carter in free agency to Las Vegas.