Ravens land intriguing WR flyer in proposed deadline trade

Ravens, Denzel Mims
Ravens, Denzel Mims /

It’s no secret that the Baltimore Ravens need wide receiver help. In fact, Ravens fans have been saying that for what feels like forever at this point.

The trade deadline offers an opportunity for contending teams to address their weaknesses with last-minute additions and/or high-upside flyers. In this proposed scenario, the Ravens would be opting for the latter.

ESPN’s Bill Barnwell recently posted an article proposing 15 different trades around the NFL. One of those trades involved the Ravens sending a conditional 2024 seventh-round pick to the New York Jets in exchange for wide receiver Denzel Mims.

The draft pick would convert to a sixth-rounder if Mims played more than 400 offensive snaps between the remainder of 2022 and 2023. Still, that’s hardly a sizable investment.

Mims might be worth a look if the Ravens are looking for a low-risk, high-reward addition at the deadline, especially at a position of need.

Denzel Mims might be worth the gamble for the Ravens

A second-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Mims has fallen well short of expectations with the Jets. After a somewhat promising rookie campaign, Mims found himself in the doghouse and has been rendered an afterthought since the arrival of New York’s new coaching staff.

Mims formally requested a trade this past summer, but the Jets never obliged. Despite this, Mims has been rendered a healthy scratch in each of the team’s first five games. It’s clear that a change of scenery is needed, and perhaps that could come in Baltimore.

The Ravens could really use the extra wide receiver depth. With Rashod Bateman temporarily sidelined, the team has been forced to turn to the likes of Devin Duvernay and Demarcus Robinson with James Proche and Tylan Wallace serving as the depth pieces.

It’s an inexperienced, thin room, and one that lacks a degree of upside outside of their top two wideouts. Mims would give the Ravens a big-bodied, downfield threat which is a role no one on the roster can fill at the moment.

And at the price point Barnwell projected, it’s hard to argue with the idea. Mims would be a dart throw — a cheap dart throw who might just blossom into a solid contributor in the Ravens’ offense.

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No, Mims isn’t D.J. Moore. He’s not even Robbie Anderson. But if the Ravens are looking for a cheap, high-upside wide receiver addition to add midseason, Mims makes a lot of sense.