The final day of the 2018 NFL Draft was a bit slower for Bulldog fans than the prior days. Only one Red and Black alum came off the board in the final three rounds, with Javon “Juice” Wims joining Roquan Smith in being selected by the Chicago Bears.
The JUCO transfer from Miami made his mark in his time in Athens, especially as a senior, when he led all Bulldogs with 45 receptions for 720 yards. The 6’3, 215 pound standout flashed perhaps the surest hands in the UGA receiving corps, especially around the goal line. By my count Wims had three touchdowns during the 2017 season which were only declared scores after official reviews.
Put another ways, Wims made a habit out of snagging touchdowns that you literally could not believe with the naked eye. Wims concentration is on another level, and he uses strong hands to snatch the ball away from defenders. These intangible traits will make Wims a weapon in the league, where the defensive backs are bigger and the windows smaller.
While his 4.53 combine forty time was merely good, his ability to high point the ball combined with his height makes him a real downfield threat. Wims is also an exceptional, aggressive downfield blocker, whose contributions to Nick Chubb and Sony Michel’s own record setting seasons should not be overlooked.
Wims looks to be in the thick of competition in a Chicago receiving corps that could have as many as five new additions in 2018. Until later . . .