While he might have one of the coolest names the NFL Draft has ever seen, Barkevious Mingo might not be a player that is going to live up to pro expectations, according to Daniel Jeremiah (AKA @movethesticks) per the Times-Picayune.
Jeremiah said, at this point in the draft process, imagining Mingo falling to the New Orleans Saints at No. 15 overall in April’s draft isn’t completely out of the question, and chances of Mingo falling to the Saints are better than “a prayer.”
“There’s some who aren’t as high on him as people may think just because he played so light. He was not productive this year,” Jeremiah said when asked about the Saints’ chances of drafting Mingo.
“You can watch him in four or five games and you can see him not make five plays,” Jeremiah said.
“He’s incredibly athletic and that’s all pretty, but at the end of the day, you look down at your paper and you look for the impact plays that you’ve written down and they don’t exist. He did not have a good year. He was much better the year before. He played more snaps this year, which didn’t help.”
Brian Bassett, theJetsBlog.com
Jeremiah went on to predict that Mingo will “destroy” the Combine and that will certainly help his draft stock, but that the tape of his past collegiate season isn’t going to show the sort of production out of a player that might be drafted in the top half of the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
I’m not saying that Mingo will never be productive, but drafting guys that have a tendency to “disappear” in college can be a dangerous proposition.