Welcome to our 2013 Draft Prospect Profile series, written by Rob Quinn. Rob is putting together quick, digestible summaries for highly publicized discussed prospects, prospects that interest him, and prospects that interest YOU.
If there’s someone out there who has piqued your interest and you want to know a little but more about him before April rolls around, get at Rob and request he put a profile together. You can email him at RQUINN619@billsmafia.com with a request.
The series isn’t Bills-centric necessarily; however, when the occasion calls for it, Rob will include thoughts on how a player might impact the Bills were they to draft him. But overall, the goal is to educate you on some of the names you’ll hear called in April.
Barkevious “KeKe” Mingo
6‘5“ 240 lbs
Louisiana State Tigers
Barkevious Mingo is the 2013 draft class’ boom-or-bust prospect. While he shows all of the potential in the world due to his extraordinary athleticism, length, and burst, his production hasn’t always matched his expectations. Prior to his junior year, Mingo had played in 26 games, but only made five starts, due to the depth and experience on LSU’s defense.
“KeKe” is an exceptional athlete that projects as a solid weakside, pass rushing linebacker in a 3-4 defensive alignment. He has violent hands that create separation from opposing offensive tackles, and uses his length to his advantage. He flashes playmaking ability when getting after the quarterback, and sets the edge fairly well against the run. Mingo’s burst off the line of scrimmage is second to none, and has “plus” speed for his size.
A boom-or-bust prospect, Mingo had rather low production during his junior year, recording just 4.5 sacks, after being named to the AP second-team All-SEC squad in 2011. While he engages well with offensive tackles, his bull rush will be put in question against NFL-caliber linemen, due to using poor pad level. He’s a very upright runner, which can work against him against stronger tackles that can push him off his lane. His technique is very poor, as Mingo relies far too heavily on his sheer athleticism to make plays, and will need to be coached up at the next level.
How He Impacts The Bills
Mingo, if coached up, would be the perfect fit for Mike Pettine’s hybrid defense. His role would be a pass rushing, stand-up defensive end, known as the “Leo” or the “Elephant.” However, drafting him would remind fans of another hit-or-miss pass rushing prospect they used a draft pick on, in Aaron Maybin. Mingo could take over Mark Anderson’s role on the weakside of the defensive line, rush the passer, and play limited run support.
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