The NFL Draft is just over two months away, and prospects hoping to raise their stock are starting their promotional campaigns to solidify their names with fans and teams throughout the NFL. One guy who doesn’t yet have a set place in the draft order is LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo who is projected to go anywhere between the fifth overall pick to the end of the first round.
But if you ask Mingo what he’s up to, he’ll tell you he’s getting bigger and faster than he ever was before
“The most important thing, I think, to show is that I’ve increased weight — putting on a lot of weight, putting on a lot of size,” Mingo said on NFL AM. “I’m weighing 245 now. I played most of the season at 230.”
Mingo says that despite the weight gain, he’s actually gotten faster and is even more dangerous than he was before. He was getting knocked for not being as powerful as fellow LSU Tiger draft prospect Sam Montgomery, but Mingo is quickly putting those concerns behind him and is adding bulk to his speed and his insanely high ceiling.
“I think I can do it all,” Mingo said. “I’ve been working on linebacking skills, driving back in coverage — that was something I was lacking at LSU. Working on getting my hands better.”
The Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns will be giving Mingo a serious look when they both get on the clock with the fifth and sixth overall picks respectively. But even if Mingo somehow slips past the Lions and Browns, many believe it’s unlikely that he’ll fall any further and that we won’t be available outside of the top-ten.