*Barkevious Mingo       OLB      Louisiana State    A ball of energy, he boasts great length. Girth potential, however, is limited because of a tight waist. Excellent athlete with burst, acceleration and a combination of quickness and speed in his DNA (film) that showed up in his drill work at the combine. An upright, flexible edge rusher with fluid movement and bend; gear change goes without saying. A playmaker off the edge with explosive get-off, he flashed natural pass-rush skills. Inconsistent to beat upfield shoulder and flip hips, though. Despite the pressure that he brings, plays with his shoulders and lacks UOH (use of hands) combat technique in his game. A high percentage of production comes from unblocked success. Chase and pursuit and second effort are outstanding. Yet he needs to be clean; struggles to create through technique, irrespective of huge upside. FBI (football instincts) are spotty, but recognizes inline pulling linemen (OG), dipping shoulder and jumping on ground when taking on blocker in a strange choice of technique. Will need better temperament at POA (point of attack) to stack and defeat; is competitive, but lacks toughness and is not a nasty player in the trenches. Flashed inside stunt production. Can flatten down LOS (line of scrimmage) and will launch himself with production as an angle or chase down tackler. Has the awareness and athletic ability to peel off pass rush and pick up running back in flat in man coverage. Good zone awareness in drops. Needs to develop girth, strength and explosion through weight room development. Has aligned in a two- and three-point stance. Best equipped to fill position as a 3-4 rush OLB. Better athlete than a football player at this time, though defensive coordinators and position coaches will pound the table to draft this physical marvel.  Softli – Second-round talent/late first-round pick because of athletic skill set and upside.

 

BARKEVIOUS LEVON MINGO

Outside Linebacker/Defensive End

Louisiana State University Tigers

#49

6:04.2-241

West Monroe, Louisiana

West Monroe High School

 

OVERVIEW

Known as the team’s “workout warriors,” Mingo and fellow defensive end Sam Montgomery pushed each other to perform at the peak of their game. If one had success on the field, the other was there to cheer him on, then, turn around and try to top it. The two are almost inseparable on and off the field. To spark competition, the two have even placed a few friendly wagers through the years.

 

According to Mingo, Montgomery still owes him a car wash because he won their bet as to which player would first record a sack during the 2012 season. “We’ve had quite a few bets in our career,” Mingo said. “I think our first one was the first sack for the season. He was supposed to wash my car because I won, and he hasn’t done that. Then, we have most sacks in the season and on down the line.”

 

The stakes have been raised for two possible first-round picks as draft day approaches – to see which team will select one player first – the powerful, muscular Montgomery or the explosive, athletic Mingo. They placed a $5,000 bet — the second player of the two drafted must pay the first. “I’m pretty confident in myself. He’s gonna have to come with that one, and I get a car wash,” Mingo said.

 

Mingo’s eye opening performance at the 2013 NFL Combine has more than a handful of teams favorably comparing his awesome athletic ability to those of San Francisco’s All-Pro, Aldon Smith. Like Smith, Mingo, a collegiate defensive end, might be asked to move to linebacker in the professional ranks, especially if he is selected by a team that features a 3-4 defensive alignment.

 

While Mingo prefers to play with his hand down rather than in a stand-up position, his 4.58 speed, 37-inch vertical leap and all-around athleticism are more ideally suited for him roaming the field, stunting and blitzing on a regular basis, much like Smith has done with great success. At the Combine, he had the best performance or ranked near the top in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, 20-yard shuttle and broad jump.

 

Having Mingo’s long, lean frame on the defensive line could see him stymied by the bigger, more physical offensive tackles at the NFL level. But as evident by his Combine performance, few rush ends our outside linebackers are blessed with the athletic ability that the Tigers junior displays.

 

One of the biggest curiosity factors about the Louisiana State product is the origin of his unusual name. The son of Hugh Mingo and Barbara Johnson, he has two older brothers, Hugh and Hughtavious. His first name was created by his mother, adding the first three letters of her first name to the equally random letters Kevious. The name won the 2009 Name of the Year Award (NOTY).

 

Name of the Year was founded in 1983 on an Ivy League campus. Its mission has remained unchanged: to discover, verify, nominate, elect and disseminate great names. All names included, to the best of the organization’s knowledge, are real. No malice is intended, it states on their web site.

 

 

Mingo’s mother never wanted her sons to play football. Her wishes were not granted when “KeKe” decided he wanted to step on the gridiron during his junior season at West Monroe High School. With his athleticism and height, he would prove to be too productive wherever he lined up to be taken off the field. Despite his late start playing the game of football, within two years, he was regarded as the state’s eighth-best prospect and the ninth-best outside linebacker in the nation, according to Rivals.com.

 

Major college recruiters began appearing at his game in droves. They saw an athlete with an explosive initial step who consistently played at a high level. Coupled with Mingo’s great frame and it was easy to see that he was a prospect that had yet to scratch the surface of his ability. He was a “quick study” who learned to anticipate rather than react, and that made him more dangerous as a defender.

 

Because of his impressive frame and terrific upside, most of those recruiters figured that the prep linebacker would continue to grow and fill out, anticipating he could easily make the full time transition to defensive end in college. In his first year suiting up for West Monroe, he made 66 tackles with six sacks and twelve stops-for-loss, leading the team to a 12-1 record and into the state playoffs. That performance earned him Class 5A All-State honors in 2007.

 

As a senior, Mingo was again selected to the Class 5A All-State team, as he went out and delivered 59 tackles, seven sacks and a total of eleven stops behind the line of scrimmage. He would deliver four hits for losses among seven tackles in his final high school game that helped west Monroe capture the state championship in 2008. He also recovered seven fumbles and forced four others during his final campaign.

 

Postseason honors would soon come his way, as Mingo was a member of the Rivals250 and Scout300 squads, in addition to being rated the eighth-best linebacker in the nation by Super Prep. He received a four-star prospect rating from both Scout.com and Rivals.com and earned Super Southeast 120 accolades from the Mobile Press-Register. He was named to the New Orleans Times Picayune Blue Chip List and the Baton Rouge Advocate Super Dozen squad.

 

“I can get in the backfield. I read the plays well and I can get past the offensive player,” Mingo cites, when asked about his ability on the field. “I usually can overpower most guys. I play upbeat and fast and really get after it. But I still want to improve my form tackling and my technique. I want to hit better.”

 

With his heart set on playing defensive end for head coach Les Miles, Mingo enrolled at Louisiana State in 2009, but the then 209-pound defender would spend the season on the scout team, adding much needed bulk to his frame. Hard work in the weight room through-out the 2010 offseason saw Mingo return to campus in August weighing 237 pounds. He would spend the bulk of his red-shirt freshman season backing up Kendrick Adams at left defensive end, but his only starting assignment would come on the right side of the line.

 

In his collegiate debut, Mingo set the tone for what would become the staple of his career – making big plays, as he recovered a turnover during his first series vs. North Carolina in the 2010 season opener. He finished his first season as a Tiger with 35 tackles (18 solos), 2.5 sacks and 5.5 stops for loss. He also batted down six passes and caused two fumbles.

He would receive Southeastern Conference All-Freshman team honors after the season.

 

In 2011, Mingo’s athleticism allowed the staff to use him in a variety of roles. He would drop back as a linebacker in obvious passing situations and earned a pair of starts at left defensive end, along with two more on the right side. Even though he came out with the first unit in just four of the fourteen games he played in, he finished second on the team with eight sacks and led the Tigers with fifteen stops behind the line of scrimmage. His eleven quarterback pressures were also a team-high, as he posted 46 tackles and went on to garner All-SEC second-team accolades.

 

Mingo was firmly established as the team leader entering his junior campaign. That status was validated when he was named the winner of the Jimmy Taylor Award, given to the Tiger who displays outstanding leadership, effort and performance. The 2012 season did not produce the “numbers” he had in 2011, but the second-team All-SEC pick started ten of the thirteen games he played in.

 

The left defensive end recorded 38 tackles (21 solos) while helping the Tigers rank ninth in the nation in rush defense (101.62 ypg) and eighth in total defense (307.62 ypg). He had just 4.5 sacks and 8.5 stops-for-loss, but paced the unit with twelve pressures, five that caused interceptions. He also recovered a pair of fumbles that set up LSU touchdown drives – one each vs. Florida and Texas A&M.

 

Shortly after the Tigers lost to Clemson in the 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl, Mingo was one of a record ten underclassmen from the same school to declare for the NFL Draft. “I like the fact that we send guys to the NFL early and recruit guys with the potential to go to the NFL early,” Louisiana State head coach Les Miles said. “I want every guy that I recruit to have the opportunity to play a long, extended career in the NFL. I’d like to develop them.”

 

What NFL scouts see in Mingo is an athlete who has a lean, yet well-built, muscular frame with a tight waist and hips, long arms, good bubble, thick thighs and room on his frame for additional growth. He has only 8% body fat, despite adding over thirty pounds to his frame since his freshman year.

 

Mingo is an explosive athlete that has all tools you look for in an edge rusher from the strong-side outside linebacker slot in a 3-4 defensive alignment. He has excellent speed, fluid change of direction agility and a sudden burst into the backfield. He generates an explosive first step and is very active working down the line. He has fluid hip flexibility and movement coming off the snap.

 

Even though he might be too light to play a down lineman’s position at the next level, Mingo has good strength and shows fluid knee bend and stays low in his pads and has those cat-like moves teams desire from edge rushers when on the move. He is very effective extending his long arms to keep blockers off his chest.

 

The junior’s progression to linebacker in the NFL could be seamless, as he has good lateral agility and good avoidance skills when slower offensive tackles try to mirror his moves. He has outstanding closing speed to chase and move through traffic. He plays with very good effort, especially when closing from the back side.

 

Mingo shows functional strength to hold his ground, but is better working off the edge, as he struggles at times vs. blockers lined up over his head. He plays with good leverage, but at 240 pounds, he lacks the lower leg drive to prevent the much bigger blockers from pushing him back. His excellent speed and change of direction agility helps him string plays wide, though.

 

Pressuring the pocket is Mingo’s best asset, as this is where his exceptional closing speed comes into play. He has a great short area burst to close coming off the edge. His lateral agility is evident as he quickly works down the line of scrimmage. The thing you see on film is that he is relentless chasing down plays on the move.

 

 

 

 

CAREER NOTES

Mingo played in 40 games at Louisiana State, starting fifteen contests – twelve at left defensive end and three on the right side…Recorded 119 tackles (60 solos) with fifteen sacks for minus 108 yards…Ranks 11th in school history with 29.0 stops for losses of 175 yards and also recorded 27 quarterback pressures…Tied Drake Nevis (2007-10) and Harry Coleman (2006-09) for eighth on the Tigers all-time record chart with four forced fumbles and had three fumble recoveries while deflecting eleven passes.

 

2012 SEASON

A second-team All-Southeastern Conference selection by the Associated Press and the league’s coaches, Mingo played in all thirteen games at left defensive end, starting ten times while coming off the bench vs. Idaho, Towson and Auburn…Recorded 38 tackles (21 solos) with 4.5 sacks for minus 27 yards and 8.5 stops for losses of 41 yards, helping the Tigers place eighth in the nation in total defense (307.62 ypg) and ninth vs. the run (101.62 ypg)…Led the team for the second consecutive year with twelve quarterback pressures, as he recovered two fumbles, caused another and deflected three passes…Posted a sack, four tackles and a QB pressure vs. Mississippi State…Deflected a pass and assisted on a stop-for-loss vs. Alabama…Earned a sack, three solo tackles, one fumble recovery, one pass break-up and a pressure at Texas A&M…Tallied a 9-yard sack and a pressure, along with four tackles vs. South Carolina…Recovered a fumble at Florida…Posted his first sack of the season and finished with two QB hurries and four tackles vs. Towson…In the North Texas clash, he was in on six tackles, one stop behind the line of scrimmage and one pressure…Closed out his career with five tackles, an assisted sack, three stops for minus 9 yards and a forced fumble vs. Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

 

2011 SEASON

Despite starting just four of the fourteen games he appeared in as a sophomore, the league’s coaches selected Mingo to the All-SEC second-team…Was also named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week vs. Auburn…Earned two starts at right defensive end vs. Arkansas and Georgia, answering the “opening bell” at left end vs. Western Kentucky and Mississippi…Registered 46 tackles (21 solos)…His eight sacks for minus 60 yards rank tied for eighth on the school season-record chart, as his fifteen stops for losses of 93 yards led the team while placing sixth in the conference…Those fifteen stops also tied for ninth on the Tigers’ annual record chart…Led the team with eleven pressures, including four that caused interceptions…Also caused one fumble and deflected two passes…Had

a career-high three tackles for a loss and two sacks along with one pressure vs. Arkansas and posted three solo tackles, including one sack and two stops behind the line of scrimmage in the Mississippi clash…Set a season-high with eight tackles, one sack and a pressure vs. Western Kentucky…Named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week after tallying a career-high two sacks for a loss of 21 yards with four total tackles and a QB pressure vs. Auburn…Added four tackles, 1.5 stops-for-loss, one sack and one pressure vs. Kentucky…Recorded one sack and a forced fumble at Mississippi State…Had a very productive game vs. Northwestern State as he recorded three tackles, one behind the line of scrimmage, a pass break-up and a pressure in just under two quarters of action…Set a career high with five quarterback hurries in the SEC Championship Game vs. Georgia… Credited with a pair of tackles behind the line of scrimmage vs. Alabama in the BCS Championship Game.

 

2010 SEASON

Mingo was named to the Freshman All-Southeastern Conference team by the league’s coaches…Played in thirteen games, lining up behind Kendrick Adams at left defensive end, but he would earn his first career start on the right side at Auburn…Racked up 35 tackles (18 solos), 5.5 stops for losses of 41 yards, 2.5 sacks for minus 21 yards, six pass break-ups, four quarterback pressures, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery… Credited with four assisted tackles and two pass deflections vs. Alabama…Made his first career start at Auburn and picked up two tackles and one pressure…Tallied five tackles with 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble vs. Tennessee…Registered two QB hurries, one pass break-up and two tackles vs. West Virginia…Stood out at Vanderbilt with five total tackles, one 11-yard sack and a forced fumble…Made his presence known by recording three solo tackles with one tackle for a loss and a fumble recovery vs. North Carolina.

 

2009 SEASON

Mingo spent his true freshman season on the scout squad after arriving on campus as a 209-pound recruit.

 

INJURY REPORT

No major injuries noted.

 

AGILITY TESTS

4.58 in the 40-yard dash…1.59 10-yard dash…2.63 20-yard dash…4.39 20-yard shuttle…

6.84 three-cone drill…37-inch vertical jump…10’8” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 19 times…33 ¾-inch arm length…9 5/8-inch hands…79 3/8-inch wingspan.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Mingo attended West Monroe (La.) High School, playing football for head coach Don Shows…Did not begin playing organized football until his junior season, but he made 66 tackles with six sacks and twelve stops-for-loss, leading the team to a 12-1 record and into the state playoffs. That performance earned him Class 5A All-State honors in 2007…As a senior, Mingo was selected to the Class 5A All-State team, as he went out and delivered 59 tackles, seven sacks and a total of eleven stops behind the line of scrimmage…Posted four hits for losses among seven tackles in his final high school game that helped west Monroe capture the state championship in 2008…Also recovered seven fumbles and forced four others during his final campaign…Member of the Rivals250 and Scout300 squads, in addition to being rated the eighth-best linebacker in the nation by Super Prep… Received a four-star prospect rating from both Scout.com and Rivals.com…Earned Super Southeast 120 accolades from the Mobile Press-Register…Named to the New Orleans Times Picayune Blue Chip List and the Baton Rouge Advocate Super Dozen squad.

 

PERSONAL

Sports Administration major…Son of Barbara Johnson and Hugh Mingo…Has four siblings – Hugh Mingo III, Hughtavious Mingo, Malik Johnson and LaDarian Johnson… Nickname is KeKe (pronounced Key-Key)…Born Barkevious Levon Mingo on 10/04/90 in Belle Glades, Florida…Resides in West Monroe, Louisiana.

 

PLAYER STATISTICS

DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
STATS GP GS TK SO AS FR FC INT TFL PBU SACK PRES
2010 13 01 035  18  17  01  02  0-0  05.5-41   06   2.5-21    04
2011 14 04 046  21  25  00  01  0-0  15.0-93   02   8.0-60    11
2012 13 10 038  21  17  02  01  0-0  08.5-41   03   8.5-41    12
TOTAL 40 15 119  60  59  03  04  0-0  29.0-175   11 15.0-108    27

 

 

MINGO GAME BY GAME LOG

2012 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

North Texas 09/01/12 North Texas 41-14

Yes

3

3

0

1

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

Washington 09/08/12 Washington 41-3

Yes

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

Idaho 09/15/12 Idaho 63-14

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Auburn 09/22/12 at Auburn 12-10

Yes

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

Towson 09/29/12 Towson 38-22

Yes

1

3

0

1

2

0

1

2

0

0

2

Florida 10/06/12 at Florida 6-14

Yes

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

South Carolina 10/13/12 South Carolina 23-21

Yes

2

2

0

1

9

0

1

9

0

0

1

Texas A&M 10/20/12 at Texas A&M 24-19

Yes

0

3

0

1

6

0

1

6

1

0

1

Alabama 11/03/12 Alabama 17-21

Yes

2

0

1

0

3

0

0

0

1

0

0

Mississippi St. 11/10/12 Mississippi St. 37-17

Yes

3

1

0

1

8

0

1

8

0

0

1

Ole Miss 11/17/12 Ole Miss 41-35

Yes

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arkansas 11/23/12 at Arkansas 20-13

Yes

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

Clemson 12/31/12 Clemson 24-25

Yes

3

2

2

2

9

1

0

2

0

1

0

Season Totals

17

21

3

7

41

1

4

27

3

1

12

 

2011 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Oregon 09/03/11 Oregon 40-27

Yes

0

1

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Northwestern St. 09/10/11 Northwestern St. 49-3

Yes

1

2

0

1

5

0

0

0

1

0

1

Mississippi St. 09/15/11 at Mississippi St. 19-6

Yes

0

2

0

1

9

0

1

9

0

1

0

West Virginia 09/24/11 at West Virginia 47-21

Yes

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kentucky 10/01/11 Kentucky 35-7

Yes

4

0

3

0

5

2

0

4

0

0

1

Florida 10/08/11 Florida 41-11

Yes

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tennessee 10/15/11 at Tennessee 38-7

Yes

0

1

0

1

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

Auburn 10/22/11 Auburn 45-10

Yes

2

2

0

2

21

0

2

21

0

0

1

Alabama 11/05/11 at Alabama 9-6

Yes

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Western Ky. 11/12/11 Western Ky. 42-9

Yes

7

1

0

1

10

0

1

10

0

0

1

Ole Miss 11/19/11 at Ole Miss 52-3

Yes

0

3

0

2

14

0

1

3

0

0

0

Arkansas 11/25/11 Arkansas 41-17

Yes

3

3

0

3

19

0

2

13

0

0

1

Georgia 12/03/11 Georgia 42-10

Yes

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

5

Alabama 01/09/12 Alabama 0-21

Yes

3

2

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

25

21

4

13

93

2

7

60

2

1

11

 

2010 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

North Carolina 09/04/10 North Carolina 30-24

Yes

0

3

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

Vanderbilt 09/11/10 at Vanderbilt 27-3

Yes

1

4

0

1

11

0

1

11

0

1

0

Mississippi St. 09/18/10 Mississippi St. 29-7

Yes

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

West Virginia 09/25/10 West Virginia 20-14

Yes

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

2

Tennessee 10/02/10 Tennessee 16-14

Yes

3

2

1

1

10

1

1

10

0

1

0

Florida 10/09/10 at Florida 33-29

Yes

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

McNeese St. 10/16/10 McNeese St. 32-10

Yes

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Auburn 10/23/10 at Auburn 17-24

Yes

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Alabama 11/06/10 Alabama 24-21

Yes

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

La.-Monroe 11/13/10 La.-Monroe 51-0

Yes

2

1

0

1

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mississippi 11/20/10 Mississippi 43-36

Yes

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arkansas 11/27/10 at Arkansas 23-31

Yes

1

1

0

1

12

0

0

0

0

0

0

Texas A&M 01/07/11 Texas A&M 41-24

Yes

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

Season Totals

17

18

1

5

41

1

2

21

6

2

4

 

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