NY Jets officially sign their second 2020 NFL Draft pick

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The NY Jets have officially signed their second 2020 NFL Draft pick in Denzel Mims.

NY Jets general manager Joe Douglas may be in the midst of an ongoing contract dispute with star safety Jamal Adams, but he clearly has other things on his mind.

While the focus has undoubtedly been on Adams over the past two days, Douglas was busy working on signing yet another 2020 NFL Draft pick and the team reportedly has agreed to terms with their second pick of this year’s draft.

As first reported by Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News, the Jets have signed second-round pick Denzel Mims to a standard four-year, $5.4 million contract with $3 million in guaranteed money.

This comes about two weeks after the Jets originally reached an agreement with fifth-round pick Bryce Hall — the first signing of their 2020 NFL Draft class. Now, Mims makes it a pair.

The Jets will still have seven more draft picks to sign including first-round pick Mekhi Becton. Expect those signings to begin coming in over the next few weeks.

The obstacles presented by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have delayed negotiations to this point. At the time of writing, only the New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, and Indianapolis Colts have agreed to terms with their respective draft classes.

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So even though the Jets have only signed two of their picks, it isn’t entirely unprecedented given the difficulties with acquiring physicals and other standard procedures.

The NY Jets will be expecting big things from Denzel Mims in 2020.

Aside from Becton, there will be no player the Jets rely on more in 2020 and the future than Mims. The Jets drafted the former Baylor standout with the No. 59 overall pick and hope that he could be a future No. 1 receiver for the team.

An athletic specimen at 6-foot-3, 207 pounds, Mims also ran a blazing 4.38 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. He has all the physical traits to be an All-Pro receiver at the NFL level, he’ll just need to refine his skills as a route-runner to reach his true potential.

Given the Jets’ lack of depth at the receiver position, Mims will be counted on to produce in a big way in his rookie season.

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And now that he’s under contract, the work officially begins.