3 Reasons Denzel Mims fits with the Houston Texans draft
2. Red Zone presence would boost offense
Red Zone scoring is of great importance for teams in the NFL, and though the Texans ranked ninth in the league last season with a 62.71-percent average of scoring a touchdown when in the red zone, that number could always be higher. The number was better at home (65.38 percent) than compared to when the Texans were on the road (60.61 percent), and much better than in 2018, which was 50 percent for the season to score a touchdown when in the red zone.
That brings us back to Denzel Mims of Baylor, as he’s known to be pretty good in the red zone, as Lance Zierlein of NFL.com describes Mims as “a touchdown threat anytime he’s near the red zone.” The Texans are going to need to replace DeAndre Hopkins somehow in red zone opportunities, and Mims is as good of a player to start as any.
Hopkins last season had 13 targets in the red zone, where he had seven receptions for 40 yards and four touchdowns. Also for Houston, was tight end Darren Fells with 12 targets in the red zone with 10 receptions for 99 yards and seven touchdowns.
In terms of not only replacing Hopkins’ numbers, and Fells being a tight end, Mims in this spot for the Texans would be a breath of fresh air, and one where it could make Watson a better quarterback. It could also give him more opportunities to throw the football in a red zone situation, rather then a need to run with the football.