Prospect: Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU
By Clint Clearwater
NFL Draft Director and Senior Writer
February 20, 2013
6-4 Wt: 240 40: 4.57

Strengths:  Unbelievable athlete.  Elite quickness.  Shows good speed.  Very disruptive at times.  So fast it’s not even fair at times for tackles to match him.  Uses his hands and long arms well.  Displays good upper body strength.  Does a good job of rushing the passer.  Pretty good tackler; needs to show more consistency though.  He’s got the ability.  Able to deliver big hits.  Pretty fluid hips and is able to drop into coverage.  Extremely versatile.  Huge potential to be a star in the NFL. Great awareness.  Brings intensity to his game.

Weaknesses: Relies on natural quickness and athleticism rather than textbook technique to beat opponents.  He simply runs around blockers at times because he’s so much quicker than everyone.  He won’t be able to do that in the NFL.  Technique will need major improvement.  Bulk is another major concern.  He looks small for a DE.  Strength and bulk will be needed for the next level.  Needs to disengage better.  I saw him get beat too many times one on one; needs to get lower and shed blocks.  Like I said before, tackling needs to be consistent.

Summary:  Barkevious Mingo has about as much upside as anyone in the draft, but he is an overrated prospect at this point.  I have a top 25 grade on him right now.  I love his abilities; the athleticism, quickness, intensity and versatility excite me as a scout.  I see major technique flaws though that will need to be addressed in the NFL.  He won’t be the fastest and quickest guy on the field, like he was in college.  He needs to get bigger, stronger and focus on improving the fundamentals of his game before he will be able to make an impact in the NFL.  With that being said, I do see a tremendous amount of potential in him and I know every NFL team does too.  He will most likely be a first round pick.

Draft Projection:  Top 25