Prospect: Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSUBarkevious Mingo

Height: 6’4¼”

Weight: 241 lb.

Athleticism:

  • Impressive all-around athlete with speed, quickness, and length
  • Quick foot repetition as a pass rusher with an explosive first step
  • Lean frame for a down defensive end, but has room to add bulk and fill out
  • Very long legs limit change of direction ability in space, long-strider who struggles to break down

Intelligence/Effort:

  • More than adequate motor, resilient rusher who loves to pursue the ball to all parts of the field
  • Terrific awareness of both ball and surroundings, plays with his head on a swivel
  • Abandons pass rush attempts occasionally when backs leak out to his side, testament to awareness of a high number of moving parts even if usually unnecessary
  • Picks up the ball quickly against both man and run and understands gap discipline to match

Pass Rush:

  • Explosive edge rusher around the corner with proper flexibility to stay balanced and turn the corner
  • Effectiveness of power rush limited by lack of size and strength, not necessarily due to technical issues
  • Can deliver a heavy initial punch, but has few counter moves, still reliant on speed to win
  • Worked a spin move effectively and consistently in college, too much of a finesse move in which he doesn’t keep contact with the blocker’s frame
  • Fails to break down too often after coming free as a pass rusher, frequently misses quarterbacks who have any sort of mobility
  • Leverages quarterbacks from outside in very effectively, will spin back into correct gap if his track is taking him too wide or too narrow
  • Used long arms to good effect when unsuccessful with pass rush moves, productive batting passes
  • Covers ground quickly as a back peddler dropping in coverage, loose hips to turn and run cleanly

Run Support:

  • Quick off the snap and into contact, attacks quickly if left unblocked
  • Struggles to set a hard edge if playing from head up or inside shade position, prone to a false first step
  • Limited stack and shed ability when taking on bigger run blockers, can be hindered by high pad level as well
  • Anchor ability fails when playing from an inside position as he did occasionally at LSU, won’t be asked to do it in the NFL
  • Very rangy run defender who can get down the line quickly when he sheds blocks properly
  • Relatively low impact tackler who often targets too high and doesn’t hit targets square

Technique:

  • Not a technician by any means with his hands, placement of them ability to create space and shed blocks inconsistent on the whole
  • Hands are actually pretty strong when he lands them on the frame of blockers, can deliver effective blows to knock them off balance
  • Pops up out of his stance at times and loses pad level battle, more of an awareness issue than a flexibility issue
  • Keeps feet under him effectively with strong footwork throughout his game

Overall:

Barkevious “KeKe” Mingo pops on tape due to his rare athletic ability.  He has a dominant speed rush around the corner that rivals the best speed rushers.  For a player who’s never been anything but a down lineman in college, he flashes loose hips and terrific footwork when dropping into coverage.  He’s definitely not without question marks though.  The biggest one is his sack production as a junior, with a total of only 4.5.  Sacks don’t tell the whole story though.  Mingo was a highly disruptive presence on a stacked defensive line.  His consistent pressure forced errant throws from quarterbacks and got them moving around in the pocket before they wanted to.  His skills as a run stopper are also a big question mark.  But for the most part he was playing somewhat out of position for the Tigers, even asked to play a 3 or 4 technique occasionally.  He’s much better served to be an edge defender, one that certainly could even be drafted into a 3-4 defense as an outside linebacker.  From everything I saw of him playing in space, I think that’s the best place for him.  He still has some 4-3 value, but would really only contribute as a pass rush specialist right away.  Mingo has the frame to add weight and become an every-down defender in a 4-3 scheme, so if the value is right for a team employing an even front they should by all means pull the trigger, even if they’re picking in the top ten.  After all, pass rushing talents like Mingo don’t come around every year.

Originally published at DetroitLionsDraft.com: Barkevious Mingo Scouting Report

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