Barkevious Mingo was mentioned months back as a candidate for the first overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Let’s see if the hype is justified.
DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo, LSU
You’ll notice that the premier pass rushers in this class have a lot of similarities. Mingo weighs about the same as Dion Jordan, and has a similar problem with trying to run around offensive tackles. His situation is a bit more dire, however. Mingo could stand to add closer to 15 pounds of muscle, and while Jordan is very good against the run, Mingo is a liability. He is so focused on sacking the quarterback, his speed rushing will often take him out of the play against the run and open up huge holes in the defense.
Mingo is a freakish track athlete. He has great speed and long arms. He explodes off the line and has top quickness. But the first thing you’re likely to notice when watching Mingo’s tape is that he’s extremely flexible. He has a good spin move which he shows off on twists, and couples it with a trademark shoulder dip which he uses very effectively. Mingo is coming off a weak statistical season in which he registered only 4.5 sacks. It was also a down year for him in regards to pass deflections, as he’s used his long arms very effectively to bat down balls in the past.
Mingo, like many other players in this draft, can be an elite pass rusher in the NFL. But his success seems less likely than for others, because he’s extremely raw. He’s definitely lacking in strength and relies far too much on his athleticism, not to mention that his down year should scare some franchises away. He’s scheme versatile, and can be used as a situational pass rusher early on, and maybe some club will turn him into a superstar, but I just think he’s far too big of a risk.