Barkevious Mingo Scouting Report

February 14th, 2013

Barkevious Mingo has very strong potential to be a dynamic NFL pass rusher


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Prospect: Barkevious Mingo, OLB/DE, LSU
Height: 6’5”
Weight: 245 (per his Twitter 2/12)
Grade: 7.47 (Grading Scale)

Scouting Report:

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 (editorial note: Mingo said he played at 230 last season but is up to 245 per his Twitter account on 2/12)
-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 out 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.

Scouting Notes:

LSU vs. Arkansas
• Gets down line well to make the tackle on quick screen to Cobi Hamilton, limits total gain
• Flips hips twice effectively in coverage, gets in front of a crossing route perfectly
• Knocks Dennis Johnson off his route when he senses Tyler Wilson is anticipating Johnson coming open, sticks with Johnson instead of rushing the passer
• Steps inside off the snap on off tackle right at him, can’t get back outside quick enough to recover
• Gives right tackle a hard punch with inside hand and shoots inside his block, dips inside shoulder underneath right guard when he comes to help, forces Wilson to run
• Flashes a very tight and quick spin move
• Wins around corner with speed rush, lunges when he sees Wilson start to wind up, tackle just peels back to get a piece of him in time
• Too quick and comes from on a looping inside stunt, lays a heavy hit on Wilson
• Leaves tackle in his wake with a well-time spin move to the inside, Wilson already has it out of his hand
• Shows flexibility to dip his shoulder and get around the corner, frequently getting to Tyler Wilson just after he gets rid of it
• Runs right past the tackle to his inside gap, gets blatantly held from behind

LSU vs. Clemson
• Crashes inside quickly and beats the kickout block simply with anticipation, puts a big hit on Sammy Watkins on the inside handoff and forces a fumble
• Blows by tackle with an incredibly quick spin move, can’t stay balanced out of it though and the tackle recovers
• Left unblocked after defensive line shifts gaps, explodes to the ball and sacks Tajh Boyd right after he pulls the ball on play action
• Shoots the inside gap and comes free, forces a hurried throw
• Throws right tackle to the ground on an inside draw, testament to his strong hands
• Spins off a block on a quarterback draw, makes first contact on Boyd a yard deep but comes in too fast and high and misses the tackle
• Displays impressive open field speed, turns into a QB spy when inside rush fails, chases Boyd down after he scrambles and forces him to throw it away

LSU vs. Auburn
• Faces double team from tackle and guard on a speed rush, cuts back inside and against overextended guard and sacks quarterback as he steps up
• Sheds blocker well with his hands to definitively set the edge against an Onterrio McCalebb sweep
• Fails to spot McCalebb coming across formation on a reverse disguised as a speed option to the other side, gets sucked in by the misdirection
• Strips the ball from the running back well after his knee is down, shows ball awareness though
• Picks up the ball early with his eyes, pushes a Lutzenkirchen block upfield to force the back to cut it up into pursuing linebackers
• Has inside shoulder free on an off tackle run at him, lets back through his inside gap because his pad level is too high, can’t break down

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One Response to “Barkevious Mingo Scouting Report”

  1. CMax says:

    The lack of sacks scares me but dude is fast around the corner

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