Former LSU star Barkevious Mingo shined at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
The former Bayou Bengal clocked a 4.58 in the 40-yard dash, a 37-inch vertical jump, a 128-inch standing broad jump and flashed his explosiveness in individual drills. Mingo finished in the top five among defensive lineman in all four categories.
According to Bleacher Report, Mingo is in the top 10 of most NFL mock drafts and rightfully so after his impressive performance Monday in Indy.
“He can probably play either defensive end or linebacker at the next level,” said Barrett Sallee, SEC Football Lead Writer for Bleacher Report. “But wherever he plays, Mingo is going to be a star.”
Mingo left lasting impressions on scouts with his scorching numbers, but his size, speed and athleticism make him a solid fit at the linebacker position at the next level. According to USA Today, Mingo went through several linebacker drills and impressed at every turn.
Many teams are projecting him on the outside in a 3-4 defense, and at the Combine he was flawless. According to NFL.com, Mingo “flashed the talent and projectable skills to be a dominant NFL pass rusher, and a position switch will likely serve him well.”
Gill Brandt, Senior NFL Analyst, initially listed Mingo as the no. 21 overall pick in his 2013 NFL Mock Draft on January 15th. However, since Mingo’s dominant performance he is now listed as no. 6.
“Mingo might be a little bit of a reach here, but he boasts great pass-rush ability and can play in space,” said Brandt. “I don’t know if he’ll ever get big enough to be a defensive end, but I think he can play outside linebacker.”
A record 13 LSU football players attended the Combine with high hopes of playing in the NFL. Mingo’s stellar performance should payoff for him on April 25th when the official 2013 NFL Draft begins. Hopefully, the former Bengal will shine once again.