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Huge Potential Steelers Draft Target Amarius Mims Suffers Combine Injury



Pittsburgh Steelers 2024 NFL Draft Target Georgia Tackle Amarius Mims
Georgia offensive lineman Amarius Mims runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine, Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Georgia tackle and potential Pittsburgh Steelers draft target Amarius Mims was unable to complete all of his testing the 2024 NFL Combine due to a right injury.

Mims was running the 40-yard dash at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for a second time, after having posted an official 5.07-second time in his first run. He told NFL Network reporter Stacey Dales that injured his right hamstring and hopes to be able


A 6-foot-7 3/4, 340-pound gigantic physical specimen, Mims started only eight games over his three seasons at Georgia, in part because of an ankle injury that required surgery in 2023.

Before that, Mims had to bide his time behind a deep and talented Alabama offensive line that included, Los Angeles Chargers starter Jamaree Salyer, Los Angeles Rams starter Warren McClendon and Pittsburgh Steelers 2023 first-round pick Broderick Jones.

When he finally got his chance to start in 2023, Mims suffered a high ankle sprain in the SEC opener against South Carolina on Sept. 16. He underwent the same tightrope surgery that Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett did this past season and was able to return to action for Week 11 against Ole Miss.

But four weeks later, he was injured again and was unable to finish the 2024 SEC Championship Game, which Georgia lost to Alabama.

“Somebody fell on it or he stepped on Tate [Ratledge],” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. “Something happened and he just felt like he was weak and he couldn’t go.”

Mims said on Saturday that he felt fully healthy entering the combine, which was expected to be important to his draft stock, given his few starts and previous inability to stay healthy. Mims had been expected to be drafted near the latter part of the first round, right about where the Steelers will be drafted at No. 20. The Steelers had a formal meeting with him during the week in Indy, with the idea of pairing Mims with his college teammate at tackle.

He’ll have another chance to run at Georgia’s pro day later this month.