The Miami Dolphins have one of the NFL‘s best and deep defensive lines, yet the team continues to find great talent in the late rounds of the NFL Draft to continue stock piling talent. Miami may have found another gem in undrafted rookie free agent DE Tevin Mims of South Florida.
Mims, a 6-foot-4, 260 pound defensive end, began his career at the University of Texas, but later transferred to Navarro Junior College due to a lack of playing time at Texas, where he then transferred to USF to become one of the team’s best defensive players.
Mims earned defensive MVP honors in 2013 after collecting 40 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and six tackles for loss in just 10 games. His never ending motor is something that Miami certainly covets in their defensive players, as evident by All Pro defensive end Cameron Wake.
Mims has nice length for a defensive end that he uses well to create separation between himself and opposing blockers to work around the edge. He has nice speed for a defensive end and uses it well to chase down backs and receivers down field. Mims is aggressive, relentless and quite reliable. He will play hurt if he has to, which shows the heart and drive that NFL teams are looking for, although he will not need to play hurt at the next level.
Mims is inconsistent in that he will make a big play and then disappear for the remainder of the game, or even the next few games. His sack production is a bit concerning given his athleticism and ability to work around the edge. Mims also needs to add some moves to his pass rush arsenal and needs to become a much stronger player overall.
Mims will likely compete with players such as Dion Jordan, Derrick Shelby and Terrence Fede for playing time this season, which I fully think he can do. Mims is in a battle with Fede for a roster spot, and although Fede was selected in the draft, do not sleep on Mims grabbing that spot away from Fede. Miami has put draft picks on their practice squad before, so don’t think that they won’t go that route again if Mims is the better player overall.