Oct 20, 2012; College Station, TX, USA; LSU Tigers defensive end Barkevious Mingo (49) in action against the Texas A

New York Jets Draft Profile: DE Barkevious Mingo

It’s a Barkevious Mingo Sunday at the J-E-T Press. We took a look this morning at Todd McShay’s latest mock draft, where Mingo was the choice for the Jets.  Todd’s draft is far from the only one that chooses Mingo for the Jets, as he is one of the guys targeted for the Jets with the 9th pick.

So, as promised, we are going to take more of a detailed look at Mingo.  What do we like about this guy?  What can he improve on?  Let’s talk about it.


He measures in at 6’4″, 241 pounds.  He led the way at the NFL Combine with a 40 yard dash of 4.58 seconds, a 37 inch vertical jump, a 128 inch broad jump, and a 3 cone drill of 6.84 seconds.

Here are his stats while at LSU, once again:

2012 38 21 17 0 4.5 1 0 0 0
2011 47 22 25 0 8.0 1 0 0 0
2010 35 18 17 0 2.5 1 0 0 0

Barkevious was quite the productive player for LSU, especially in 2011. Let’s take a look at some video:

PROS: The first thing you notice on the tape is blazing speed.  40 yard dash speed is not always an indicator of much, but in Mingo’s case, you see it in his first step off of the line.  When he gets a beat on his defender, he is gone.  The lineman has no chance to stop Mingo once Mingo gets going.  His closing speed is a thing of beauty.  Look at that tape.  When the QB is in his cross-hairs, it’s over for that QB.  He also stays well with running backs out in coverage as well.  He moves quite well in that regard, very fluid.

CONS: He needs to add some bulk to his lean frame.  You see it when he gets into a battle with an offensive lineman that he can’t use his speed on.  If Barkevious is not able to get that first step, and the lineman gets his hands on him, he has a lot of trouble.  He can’t pull away, and the lineman can use turn Mingo’s raw speed against him to take him out of the play.

Barkevious Mingo has all the potential to be an absolute beast.  We have said it many times, how Rex Ryan would be licking his chops at the idea of having a dominant pass rush off the edge to add to his defense.  Mingo can improve on some things, but he has a lot of talent.  The Jets can do a lot worse than picking this guy at number 9.

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  • Dave Hanna

    Please, appears everyone can pull him into the inside, let’s skip this one!

    • TheJetPress

      Not a big fan of Mingo, huh?

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.szeligowski John Szeligowski Jr.

    If you want to draft Mingo you do it as a traditional OLB, not the LB you can put on the line to pressure the QB. And, I don’t even think he warrants a first round draft at that. There are a whole slew of athletic OLB’s who shouldn’t be put on the defensive line that will be available in the 2nd and 3rd+ rounds.

    • TheJetPress

      You aren’t a big proponent of Mingo, huh John?

      • http://www.facebook.com/john.szeligowski John Szeligowski Jr.

        Not that I’m not somewhat of a fan of his, he has his strong points without a doubt and they’re as a true OLB. The problem I have is Ryan’s opinion of his own player development skills and his penchant for putting players where they really don’t belong. Granted he’s not the only coach who thinks that way just to keep a talented player on the roster, but you know he’s looking at Mingo to go up against the fatties and he’s gonna get eaten like a twinkie. If we’re truly rebuilding we need to know that our team is serious and not going after the flavor of the month. I’m not gonna say that our first round pick is an easy one because Idzik and the Jetsies are in a lose-lose situation with that and they might as well get a guy who will be around for 7+ years who will go up on the Jets Hall of Fame wall in another 20. That may not be popular but it is smart in such a non-star studded draft. Btw, sounds like Vince Williams had an impressive pro day at Florida State (I’m assuming I’m replying to Alan)…. that dude is pissed he wasn’t invited to the combine and wants to prove his worth bad.

        • TheJetPress

          Yes you were replying to me John. Always you are responding to the author of the piece. Interesting on Vince Williams, don’t know much about him.

          True point about Rex, John. He does think highly of his player development skills, and he is good, but sometimes he does think he is better than he is. The pick certainly won’t be easy, will be a early defining moment for John Idizk, that’s for sure.

      • http://www.facebook.com/john.szeligowski John Szeligowski Jr.

        And did you see Mingo’s combine? Looked great and then one of the commentators/analysts (the dorky guy in the middle) said, “When I watched his tape I felt like this was one of the leaders in the league in butt slaps and high fives…he was always around the action but never in it.” Great observation. Where was he when we got Kyle Wilson….

        • TheJetPress

          hehehe no I didn’t see that John. Well, I watched the combine while I was working my day job so I didn’t hear all of the commentary. Interesting…

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