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New York Jets Draft Profile: DE Barkevious Mingo

By Alan Schechter

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

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:

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.