The 2013 NFL Draft is quickly approaching and players have made their impact on NFL teams and personnel members. All that is left is private interviews where the players have an opportunity to showcase their intangibles during the one-on-one meetings.
While the private workouts and interviews are the final stages of evaluation for NFL teams, they will always go back to the film to see how the players performed this past season and throughout their entire career. With that in mind, we are going back through the games and watching some of the top draft prospects in this year’s class that your team could be welcoming to town in a matter of weeks.
Next up on the list of scouting reports is LSU Tigers defensive end Barkevious Mingo.
Mingo was part of the dynamic duo along with Sam Montgomery at LSU, with the two excellent pass rushers bookending the defensive line. He is viewed as a tweener prospect due to his incredible athleticism, but he may lack the strength to play 4-3 DE and could be a difference maker as a rush linebacker in a 3-4.
Mingo has the makings of a top ten pick and when you watching his best moments on the film you certainly see that.
Here’s what the tape had to say:
Player: Barkevious Mingo
- Elite speed
- Freak athlete
- Long frame
- Quick first step
- Gets to full speed within first few steps
- Great intensity
- Excites players around him with passion for the game
- Scheme versatile
- Has experience playing as stand up rusher
- No off-field issues
- High ceiling
- Rare combination of size/speed
- Fluid hips
- Ability to dip and blow by offensive linemen
- Teams can be forced to gameplan around his disruptiveness
- Anticipates throws and can get hands up in passing lanes
- Struggles against the run
- Needs to strengthen his base; add 10-15 pounds of muscle
- Can over pursue; takes himself out of plays by running around blockers
- Can get caught up in only rushing the passer
- Needs to develop a wider range of pass rushing move
- Could improve using hands and shedding blockers
It could take a year or two for Mingo to become a three down player at the next level, but he possesses the raw athleticism to become a major difference maker with his pass rushing ability. He is still raw and could improve his technique, but he will have an impact from day one thanks to his rare speed at the position. His junior campaign may have been a bit of a let down, but the tape from his freshman and sophomore year show you everything you need to know.
Once he fully develops as a player, Mingo can be a star.
When the draft rolls around, it would be a surprise to see Mingo slide out of the top ten selections. A team like the New York Jets would be an excellent fit.
Videos via DraftBreakdown.com.