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Marvin Mims Ready to Display Full Route Tree After Read-Based Oklahoma ‘Didn’t Have Those Routes in’

NCAA Football: Alamo Bowl-Oregon at Oklahoma

Marvin Mims has been getting some questions this week at the NFL Combine about his route running ability. He offered a simple answer as to why he’s getting those questions and why all of that isn’t an issue.

“Yeah, for sure, just like you said, as I was asked to do at Oklahoma,” Mims said. “I mean, Oklahoma didn’t ask me to run this technical route tree and we didn’t have those routes in. But I ran routes. I’m a receiver. I run routes. I have a trainer. I run routes with him, all types of stuff. Some practice tape at Oklahoma, especially in Coach [Lincoln] Riley’s offense, I mean we had like comebacks and all that stuff. In Coach [Jeff] Lebby’s offense, I just wasn’t ask to do it.”

Indeed, Lebby’s offense is more of a read-and-react type with the quarterback choosing his best option based on reads. So, that lends itself to a thinner route tree.


Mims is also confident in his ability to go up and high point balls, even with his 5-foot-11, 182-pound frame.

“You ask any receiver, I think it’s natural and something you work at,” Mims said. “I played a lot of basketball growing up, AAU, all that stuff. Never a big guy. I always had amazing jumping skills, so getting rebounds, all that stuff. And just when the football’s in the air, I mean, just the way I look at it, I’m going to come down with it no matter what, no matter what I have to do.

“You talk about the Tech catch, sticking a hand behind the guy’s back, trying to tip it to myself. And just like crazy stuff, whatever I can do just to get the ball in my hands.”

As far as who he’s talked to so far throughout the process leading up to April’s NFL Draft, Mims mentioned the NFC Champion Philadelphia Eagles are one.

“Yeah, I spoke to the Eagles two days ago,” Mims said. “And playing in a scheme like that, it’d be great. You know, I’ve showed that I can block physically on the perimeter in college. And wherever I can get an opportunity, that would be great.”

Another is a potential hookup with some other former Sooners, including Kyler Murray and co.

“Yeah, I’m spoken with the Arizona Cardinals,” Mims said. “Their Oklahoma scout has been watching me for the past three years. Marquise Brown is out there. So, I’ve talked to him recently in the past and talked to their wide receiver coach [Drew Terrell] not too long ago in the informal interviews.”


Mims quietly put together his most productive season as a Sooner this past fall, surpassing the 1,000-yard mark for the first time, with 1,083 yards and six touchdowns on 54 catches. That included a couple of extremely competitive catches for 77 yards in the Cheez-It Bowl, one a 46-yard grab on the sideline in the second quarter that served as his 19th of 40 or more yards and placed him third in school history in that regard. He concludes his career as the eighth-most productive receiver in program history, having recorded 123 receptions for 2,398 yards and 20 scores.

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