2013 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU

by Cory J. Bonini on February 27, 2013 @ 17:48:44 PDT

 


LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo chose to forgo his senior season to enter the 2013 NFL Draft. He likely will be asked to play outside linebacker at the next level, which is a position that he hasn't had any experience with.

Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU
Athletic freak

Mingo broke out at as a sophomore by posting 46 stops and 8.0 sacks. Fifteen of his tackles were for a loss. Last year, though, he regressed statistically and posted only 38 stops with just 4.5 QB takedowns.

Strengths

  • Lean, lanky build but added 12 pounds of muscle following the season and could stand to pack on a few more pounds
  • Flexible frame to dip around the corner
  • Unbelievable upside
  • Rare quickness and lower-body explosiveness (evidenced by a 37-inch vertical and 10-foot-8 broad jump)
  • Elite top-end speed (4.53-second 40-yard dash)
  • Impressive change-of-direction ability
  • Hard worker, good character guy
  • Times the snap well
  • Potentially a versatile player, based on his measurables
  • Good motor

Weaknesses

  • Relies almost exclusively on his speed and sheer athleticism
  • Needs to improve his hand work
  • Has a very, very limited array of pass-rushing moves
  • A liability against the run - teams aim right for him
  • Lacks recognition against play-action passing and trap blocks
  • Thin build (6-foot-4 1/4, 241 pounds) allows blockers to engulf him at times
  • No experience at outside linebacker, where he is likely to play in the NFL

Expected draft placement

Teams looking for a pass-rushing ball of clay to mold will consider Mingo. He brings so much upside to the table it hardly matters that he lacks in refined aspects of his game.

The New York Jets (No. 9), San Diego Chargers (No. 12), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 13), Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 17), New York Giants (No. 19) and Cincinnati Bengals (No. 21) all have a spot for him. Don't discredit the Detroit Lions (No. 5) reaching for Mingo if they cannot sort out their defensive end woes in free agency.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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