FLIGHT 5′s Path to the Draft: Player Spotlight — BARKEVIOUS MINGO

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By Nick Spano (@NickSpano)

There is no denying that Barkevious Mingo is an explosive player, hell, he may have the highest ceiling of any defensive player in this draft — the only question I have is … Are you wiling to take that risk at number nine? The Jets need to hit a home run and that player they select ninth overall this year, has to step in day one and make a difference. Can Barkevious Mingo do that? Lets take a look at Mingo and what he brings to the table. One thing that isn’t debatable is his speed and first step. What I worry is, can he be an every down player and where does he disappear to on film?

Barkevious Mingo, Defensive End, LSU Tigers:

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  • CLASS STANDING: Junior
  • HEIGHT: 6’4″ ft
  • WEIGHT: 241 LBS
  • 40 YARD DASH: 4.58 Sec
  • VERT:  37.0 inch
  • BROAD: 128.0 inch
  • NFL COMPARISON: Bruce Irvin, Seattle Seahawks; Aaron Maybin, Cincinnati Bengals; CEILING: Demarcus Ware, Dallas Cowboys

Collegiate Career: Barkevious Mingo Highlights

2012 -  Played in all 13 games with 10 starts … Earned second team All-SEC honors after recording 38 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks … Led Tigers with 12 QB hurries … Had tremendous game vs. Clemson despite missing most of second half due to illness … Had five tackles, 3.0 tackles for 9-yard in losses and a half sack in Chick-fil-A Bowl contest against Clemson … Added a forced fumble … Had at least one tackle for loss in six games … Had one sack in games vs. Towson, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Mississippi State … Had season-best six tackles vs. North Texas in first game of year … Recovered fumbles in road games vs. Florida and Texas A&M … Had three QB hurries in road win over Auburn.

2011 - One of the SEC’s most dominant pass rushers who played in all 14 games with four starts … Backed up Ken Adams early in the season at defensive end … A second-team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press … Led the team and ranked third in the SEC in tackles for loss with 15.0 for 93 yards … Was second on the squad and finished seventh in the SEC in sacks with 8.0 for 60 yards … His 15.0 tackles for loss ranked ninth in LSU single-season history, while his 8.0 sacks finished ninth as well in single-season school history … Totaled 46 tackles on the year with 11 quarterback hurries … Started against Ole Miss, Arkansas, Georgia and Alabama in the BCS Championship Game … Team-high 1.5 tackles for loss in the BCS title game … Set a career high with five quarterback hurries in the SEC Championship Game against Georgia … Posted a career-high three tackles for a loss and two sacks along with one QB hurry against Arkansas … Posted three solo tackles, including one sack and 2.0 TFLs at Ole Miss … Set a career high with eight tackles, one sack and a QB hurry versus Western Kentucky … Named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week after tallying a career-high two sacks for a loss of 21 yards with four total tackles and a QB hurry against Auburn … Posted four tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss, one sack and one QB hurry against Kentucky … Recorded one sack and a forced fumble at Mississippi State … Productive game against Northwestern State as he recorded three tackles, one TFL, one PBU and one QB hurry.

2010 - Played 13 games with one start at right defensive end at Auburn … Racked up 35 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, six pass breakups, four quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery … Used his long arms and quickness off the edge to finish second on the team with six PBU’s … Credited with four assisted tackles and two PBUs against Alabama … Made his first career start at Auburn and picked up two tackles and one QB hurry … Tallied five tackles with 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble against Tennessee … Registered two QB hurries, one PBU and two tackles against West Virginia … Stood out at Vanderbilt with five total tackles, one 11-yard sack and a forced fumble … Saw his first action as a Tiger in the opener against North Carolina and made his presence known by recording three solo tackles with one tackle for a loss and a fumble recovery.

2009 - FRESHMAN SEASON: Spent his true freshman season on the scout squad … Redshirted in 2009.

Strengths:  He has an explosive burst (1.56 seconds in the 10-yard split) and demonstrates elite speed (4.58 in the 40). He is very long (33 3/4 arm length — 6’4″ ft), Mingo has reach that many others in this draft don’t.

Weaknesses: While he looks the part on tape as a pass rusher, his numbers don’t “wow” you. He played last season in the 230′s and added the 10+ lbs for the combine. Even in the 240′s, “Keke” is undersized, and the old phrase “one trick pony” is a perfect label for Mingo. Sure he wasn’t asked to drop often, but it isn’t something that everyone can do. As a matter a fact, not many original DE’s can just, do it. I am scared of the weight, and his ability to transition to the NFL. Just look at the Alabama game;  Mingo was invisible, and didn’t even record a stat.

Quotes:

SEC Scout: “They (Alabama) wore his ass down, but he never quit. I think the kid is a ballplayer.”

Mingo: “I think my speed separates me from every other guy in this draft. I’m a fast guy and I’ve got a quick first step and I like getting to the quarterback.”

Drew From Jersey: “Mingo’s football IQ is extremely high. Reads the QB when he can’t get there, bats down passes. Aggressive.”

Why The Jets: The New York Jets haven’t had speed rusher off the edge since Jon Abraham. He is a hard-worker and someone Rex Ryan can tinker with, while behind Mo Wilkerson and Quinton Coples. Won’t see many double teams.

Why Not The Jets: He is a project. Won’t come in day one and immediately impact. Situational player in college, why should I believe that he can be a full timer starter in the NFL. The Jets don’t need a “one trick pony” they need a complete backer.