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2013 NFL Draft: New Orleans Saints Targeting Barkevious Mingo?

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Barkevious Mingo is one of the most intriguing prospects in this year’s NFL Draft. The tall and lanky defensive end out of LSU projects to go in the top-20, and many think the New Orleans Saints make a lot of sense at No. 15.

Mingo recently worked out at LSU’s pro day, and of course the Saints were in attendance. Mingo also partook in drills led by New Orleans’ defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. In addition, the defensive lineman hails from the state of Louisiana, and has stated that he would like to play for his home state team.

“It would be special to play for those guys. They’re the state team. Everybody watches the Saints play, especially in my area. You kind o got to watch, you know what I mean? He added, “A great team and great state to play in.”

On paper, this seems like a perfect partnership. The Saints need pass-rushers, and Mingo wants to play for the Saints. They pick in spot where he should be available, so it just seems like a natural fit for both parties.

But there are concerns over Mingo’s size, and his ability to separate from bigger offensive lineman. Most draft experts are calling him a ‘boom or bust.’ There’s a ton of potential with Mingo, but after a drop in production last year at LSU, many are wondering if he can hold up over the long haul in the NFL.

Still, he’d fit well into Ryan’s 3-4 scheme, and if anyone can mold this guy into a pro, it’s Rob Ryan. I think he’s worth the risk at No. 15 for the Saints. If they’re confident he’ll hold up physically, then they should go for it. He wants to be there, he’ll add immediate help in the pass-rushing game, and in all likelihood he’ll develop into a very good NFL player.

 

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