Apr 28, 2011; New York, NY, USA; ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Mel Kiper really needs no introduction. Is there a face that is more recognizable when talking about the NFL draft, especially with ESPN? I don’t think there is. For years, his face is about the only one you would see talking NFL draft.
Well, Mel has published the third version of his mock draft. Remember a while ago, I talked about how the mock drafts seem to fall in line with each other, as the draft approaches? Well, Mel’s third draft falls right in line with his colleague at ESPN, Todd McShay. For the Jets, he has selected………….
BARKEVIOUS MINGO, OLB, LSU
It’s about time the Jets found an athletic difference-maker on the edge for Rex Ryan. The interior of the defensive line should be a strength with Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples, but they need edge speed. Mingo is a freak athlete, and could become a star with the right coaching.
We have reviewed his stats in the past, and he clearly has the production of a guy that can make an impact at the NFL level. A 4.58 forty yard dash is straight line speed, but that does translate, when you watch him, to a quick first step. He gets that first step on the lineman and he is gone. He does need to improve with his hands though. When the tackle gets his hands up on Barkevious, he sometimes has a hard time making a move.
Feel free to take a look at his full draft profile from NFL Mocks by clicking here.