Draft Profile: Barkevious Mingo
In the 60's, Clint Eastwood made a series of movies playing a character known as 'the man with no name'. The reason the character had no name was that no one had yet thought of the name Barkevious Mingo. It's just a great name, possibly the 2nd best sports name ever behind Johnny "Ugly" Dickshot
. Great name, great athlete, but is he an NFL player? The jury's still out.
Mingo is listed at 6-5, 230. PFT is reporting that he's now up to 245 without losing speed (supposed to be in the 4.5 range). Is he big enough to play DE in the NFL? Probably not. He runs well and seems to move well in space for a guy who spent his entire career as a hand-in-the-dirt DE. I'm guessing that he ends up as a 3-4 OLB, which as far as I know is not a position he's ever played.
There are 2 NFL players that you'll hear Mingo compared to and I think he falls short in both comparisons. Dwight Freeney - watching tape of Mingo it's painfully obvious that he loves the spin move, too much. He uses it constantly and is not overly effective with it (4.5 sacks this year). DeMarcus Ware - this is who Mingo should want to be when he grows up, but he just doesn't have the power.
I keep hearing that Mingo is a top 10 pick, I just don't see it. He's certainly a first rounder. Athletic, plays hard, makes plays down the field, but he'll have to learn a new position and I don't see him as a guaranteed 12 sack a year kind of guy.