Organizations that fail to look for draft talent beyond major Division I college football do so to their own peril. The Lions may have struck gold with Sammie Hill out of Division II Stillman and they worked out another Division II prospect last week, this time it was a prospect along the offensive line.
David Mims played his college ball at Virginia Union (the same school that produced Ben Wallace of the Detroit Pistons) and is gaining steam as a potential later-round pick with big upside potential. The Lions obviously will keep quiet on their feelings but Mims apparently felt good about his workout for the team:
I would say they went pretty well. At the meetings afterwards I felt the coaches were impressed with my athleticism. Apparently I move pretty well for a guy my size.
What exactly is a guy his size? Big.
David Mims, OT, Virginia Union
Weight: 348 lbs.
40-yard dash: 5.32 sec
Bench Press: 29 reps
David Mims is fighting an uphill battle towards draft day. Not only does he have to answer questions regarding the level of competition he faced, he has to do so without the benefit of a combine appearance. Pro day and individual workouts will be critical for Mims to showcase his talents because he was not invited to the combine. The combine isn’t the only entity to seemingly ignore David Mims; ESPN lacks the kind of scouting report that are available for most prospects.
Does that mean Lions fans should be disappointed if Mayhew and company send his name to the podium? Not necessarily. Sideline Scouting ranks him as the number 20 tackle in the draft while the National Football Post likes him even more, enough to rank him as the tenth best offensive tackle prospect in the draft. Scouting reports from both sources indicate that Mims has good mobility for his size.
He has a tendency to play too upright and allow defenders to gain leverage, not surprising considering his height. The other consistent negative that appears in scouting reports is a general lack of polish, probably a direct result of playing at the Division II level where coaching staffs are much smaller than at major programs. David Mims appears to have all the tools necessary to succeed and could become a draft day steal after a couple years of solid NFL coaching and the right opportunity.