East RB- Jordan Mims, Fresno State (6-0, 205)
In the age of the pass-happy NFL, having a satellite back to supplement the bell cow has become imperative. Satellite backs like Jordan Mims are natural pass-catchers who thrive in space and can even line up at receiver from time to time. These are the types of backs who can help their NFL Draft stock the most in the all-star game setting
Mims spent his first five seasons at Fresno State playing more of a satellite role (he missed all of 2019) before taking the reins as the full-time back this season. In six years (five seasons), with the Bulldogs, he put up 4,256 yards from scrimmage and 45 TDs.
As a runner Mims is patient, allowing for his blocks to be set up before using his quickness to get upfield. He also possesses the contact balance to run through arm tackles and create chunk runs inside. He’s at his best on outside zone runs where he relies on his patients to press the line before finding a lane to hit.
In a deep running back class, Mims is a sleeper whose ball skills out of the backfield should help attract the attention of NFL scouts looking for a contributor on Day 3 of the 2023 NFL Draft. It helps even more that he’s a willing and improving pass protector who could bring value on third downs.