Fresno State had driven down to within Boise State’s 5-yard line, and the Bulldogs asked Jordan Mims to finish the drive off.
Fresno State was already leading 21-9 with less than 10 minutes remaining in the Mountain West Championship and was looking for more points on third and goal. Bulldogs quarterback Jake Haener began the play under center and, after a wide receiver went in motion, pitched the ball to Mims.
From there, the outcome was evident. Mims followed an offensive lineman to the end zone and reached the goal line before a defender could even realistically try to tackle him. This helped the Bulldogs bounce back from a regular season loss to the Broncos and win the conference title.
Mims could be a winning player at the next level as well.
Jordan Mims Stats And Highlights
Mims concluded his career as one of the most accomplished running backs to ever play at Fresno State.
In the program record book, Mims is second for touchdowns scored (45), fourth for rushing yards (3,290) and catches for a running back (91), and fifth for all-purpose yards (4,592).
Mims was an All-Mountain West first-team running back in 2022. He ran for 1,372 yards, which was seventh all-time at Fresno State in a single season, and 18 touchdowns, which was second. He was also first in the Mountain West for rushing touchdowns and second for rushing yards while ranking 30th in the country in scoring and 17th in rushing yards.
And Mims was at his best with the most pressure. He ran for a career-high 209 yards in last season’s LA Bowl, helping his team defeat Washington State 29-6.
Jordan Mims Draft Projection
Mims seems likely to be drafted by the sixth round. Some have predicted he could go in the fifth round while others believe he’ll be drafted in the seventh or go undrafted.
Jordan Mims Draft Profile
Mims reads blocks up front exceptionally well. His anticipation for where his offensive linemen are going to be and how opponents try to defend him is arguably his greatest attribute.
Mims is probably best suited for playing in a zone blocking scheme because of that, but he’s overall a versatile player. Many of his best runs were on pitches, but he handled some wildcat quarterback responsibilities in college as well.
Mims isn’t overly fast, but he does find ways to break off explosive runs. He was tied for 20th in the country last season with 18 runs of 15 or more yards and was seventh with 81 first downs, according to Pro Football Focus.
His persistence also helps him quite a bit. He almost always keeps his feet moving after he’s been hit.
Mims occasionally lined up out wide and has good hands when catching passes out of the backfield. He also can help out with pass protection, as he does a great job of identifying who he should block quickly and keeping his feet square at the point of attack.
Wherever he ends up, Mims could be a contributor for an NFL team for a long time.