6 players the NY Jets can trade before or during the 2023 NFL Draft
By Justin Fried
4. Denzel Mims, WR, NY Jets
Another former 2020 draft pick who has fallen well short of expectations is Denzel Mims. A second-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Mims put together a promising rookie season before essentially falling off a proverbial cliff.
Mims has just 19 catches over the last two seasons and is still looking for his first career touchdown. His role likely isn't going to grow in 2023 either, following the additions of Allen Lazard and Mecole Hardman.
The Jets' wide receiver room is deep, and if Corey Davis is retained, Mims would be relegated to WR5 duty again. That won't lead to much playing time.
The Jets already fulfilled the wishes of one of the two wide receivers they had request a trade last season when they shipped Elijah Moore to the Cleveland Browns in a swap of Day 2 draft picks.
Mims requested a trade last summer, and although the Jets did receive inquiries, their reported asking price of a fourth-round pick didn't go over well with suitors. It's likely that asking price has dropped.
Mims is entering the final year of his rookie contract in 2023, and it's hard to imagine he will see much playing time. The Jets' reluctancy to play him on special teams means he might just be taking up a roster spot next season.
The Jets would save $1.4 million by trading Mims, and given how tight the team is against the cap, every dollar matters. Mims doesn't have a role on the team and is in desperate need of a change of scenery.
Don't be surprised if he's traded to a new team this offseason.