NFL Draft’s Justifiable Jets: Barkevious Mingo

With the 2013 NFL Draft less than a month away, TJB will offer some daily insight on players in this year’s draft class.  Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Jets to make a selection.

barkevious-mingoBARKEVIOUS MINGO
Position: Outside Linebacker
School: LSU
Class: Junior
Height: 6’4″ Weight: 241 pounds

Achievements:
2012 All-SEC Second Team (AP, Coaches)

Where the Jets could get him: Round 1, with the ninth pick.  Mingo is considered a top 10-15 player.

Explaining his game: Mingo has a lean and athletic build and could add more muscle mass with a few years in an NFL strength program.  Mingo has excellent speed and is known for an explosive first step as evidenced by his his 4.58 40 yard dash time and his 1.56 second 10 yard split.  Coupled with his ability bend and flex, he should be able to get past the blocker and close on the passer. Mingo diagnoses the play well and will get his arms up into passing lanes if he’s unable to close on the passer.  Mingo is known as a fiercely physical player and will fight through blockers at the line to make plays in the running game.  

Mingo has been compared to last year’s Bruce Irvin, but he’s taller and so could have more upside in the NFL on the edge.  Mingo has the speed that could translate into quick production at the NFL level due to the higher use of the pass in the NFL and that could raise his sack and pressure totals quickly.

The downsides?  He has some lateral agility concerns due to long legs, but that’s minor.  More than anything with Mingo it is two issues.   First, that Mingo never played outside linebacker in college so there might be a bit of a learning curve for him in a 3-4 defense.  Second, that his production wasn’t that impressive in college and for that reason he should have stayed for his senior season to prove himself more before coming out for the NFL draft.

Notes: Having lost both Bryan Thomas and Calvin Pace, the Jets OLB spot needs a lot of depth.  Since Rex loves to pressure the passer, everyone thought for the past two years that this would be the year the Jets draft a pass rusher to add to his defense.  Between the Vernon Gholston fallout early on in Rex’s tenure, and then just using Calvin Pace and Bryan Thomas to hold the fort, the Jets have invested into the interior linemen instead of getting the sizzle pass rusher that many fans love.  Truth be told, the last time the Jets had a premier pass-rusher was in 2005 when the Jets had Jon Abraham in his last seaosn with the team.  Since then, it’s been pretty dry.  For all those reasons, the Jets might invest in one of four (Ansah, Jordan, Jones, Mingo) potential pass rushing DE/OLB types that could go in the first ten picks.

Mingo is a player that the Jets could use immediately to upgrade their exterior pass rush.  The Jets have drafted two up and coming interior pass rushers in the last two years in Wilkerson and Coples, and adding a young, fast OLB who is aggressive and can get to the quarterback would be a major upgrade for the Jets defense and would take some attention away from the center of the defensive line in helping blockers.  Adding a player like Mingo on the outside would force tight ends and running backs to key on the outside as well, thereby making Wilkerson and Coples jobs a little easier.

Articles on Mingo:

Coming Attractions: Barkevious Mingo, LSU’s part-time pillager

Barkevious Mingo joins LSU juniors headed to draft

Barkevious Mingo Says he is Getting Bigger and Faster

Barkevious Mingo wants to play defensive end, not linebacker, in NFL

Video: A compilation of Barkevious Mingo highlights.