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NFL draft: Raiders have been in contact with Baylor receiver Denzel Mims

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Mims could be first-round target on Thursday

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Denzel Mims
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Baylor wide receiver Denzel Mims has been ascending up NFL draft boards after a strong showing at the Senior Bowl and at the combine — and the Raiders are among the teams studying him closely.

According to an NFL source, the Raiders had a “virtual” draft visit with Mims and have been in contact with him.

The Raiders have been in contact with several players, so this doesn’t necessarily mean the they are planning to draft Mims. But their interest in him has been recent and it is clear that Mims is highly regarded by the franchise as we approach Thursday’s draft.

Mims could be a target for the Raiders at No 19 if they go for a cornerback at No. 12. He could also be in play if the Raiders trade down in the first round. Coming off 66 catches for 1,020 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior in 2019, Mims is projected to go in the 21-30 range.

Mims is one of the faster receivers in the draft and the Raiders are reportedly looking for speed at the position.

Here are some Mims’ highlights: