Early Look At 2013 NFL Draft Prospect: Barkevious Mingo

By Akiva Goldenberg

Barkevious Mingo, a LSU defensive end, has an interesting name but what intrigued me more about him was the fact that NFL Draft expert Jeremy Hyde, of Draft-Hub.com, recommended that I watch the player’s games from 2011. Jeremy claimed that Mingo was the best pass rushing prospect he had seen amongst those that would enter the 2013 NFL Draft.

So I watched cutups for the following LSU games from 2011: against Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, and Mississippi State. Here is my analysis of Mingo in those games:

  • Arkansas:  Mingo applied pressure the whole game and displayed a terrific first step. He’s got a non-stop motor, quickness, and explosiveness from the line of scrimmage. The defensive end got quality NFL caliber sacks during this game and is definitely a pass rusher. Unfortunately he was an average run defender, but that’s not that big of a deal since the league prioritizes pass rushing.
  • Auburn: Once again he looked quick and explosive at the line of scrimmage. The Auburn tackles gave him a hard time and he didn’t seem to have the necessary upper body strength to properly go up against them. He has a good spin pass rush move and solid instincts but the lack of strength was disappointing.
  • Georgia: This was by far Mingo’s worst game out of the ones I watched. He looked weak and didn’t stand out at all while the Georgia offensive line completely neutralized him. He kept trying to get past their tackles but nothing he did worked.
  • Mississippi State: In this game Mingo was solid. He demonstrated good instincts and even got a strip sack on the Mississippi State quarterback.
Mingo is the type of player with the right attitude on the field but needs to get a lot more upper body strength in order to compete in the NFL. He won’t be a NFL starter in 2013 so he will likely not be drafted in the first round.

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