2013 NFL Draft: Barkevious Mingo and the 7 Best Available Pass-Rushers

Stephen Sheehan@@StephenPSheehanCorrespondent IJuly 5, 2012

2013 NFL Draft: Barkevious Mingo and the 7 Best Available Pass-Rushers

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    If the NFL draft began tomorrow, Louisiana State’s Barkevious Mingo would be the top pass-rusher off the board.

    As a redshirt sophomore, one-half of the Tigers’ dynamic defensive end duo exploded on the scene with eight sacks, 11 quarterback hits and 13.5 tackles for loss.

    The long-limbed, lanky defensive end/outside linebacker stands 6’5”, 240 pounds, with plenty of room to grow into a menace at the next level.

    For teams that won’t be picking high enough to secure the services of Mingo, let’s take a look at the best pass-rushing prospects available in 2013. 

Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU

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    SEC offensive linemen must have nightmares when it's LSU week. 

    The Tigers boast an incredibly talented, deep defensive line that just happens to feature two surefire first-rounders in Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery. 

    Like Mingo, Montgomery has an ideal frame for an NFL pass rusher, as the redshirt junior tips the scales at 6'4", 245 pounds. 

    Playing on a line that already featured one first-round pick in Michael Brockers, Montgomery was the lone All-American selection from LSU's D-line in 2011. 

    Though he needs to pack on some more muscle to hold up better against the run, No. 99 boasts good quickness and agility, which should only improve now that he's two years removed from tearing ligaments in his knee. 

Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

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    After transferring from Southern California, Jarvis Jones found a new home as a pass-rushing outside linebacker in Georgia's 3-4 scheme.

    One year later, it's safe to say Jones has more than settled in to his new role. 

    The 6'3", 241-pounder introduced himself to the SEC by leading the conference with 13.5 sacks while chipping in 19.5 tackles for loss. 

    Playing alongside some excellent pro prospects like Alec Ogletree and John Jenkins, Jones stands out as the leader among the pack. 

    If he produces like he did in his debut season for the Bulldogs, Jones will be a high first-round pick.

Sean Porter, OLB, Texas A&M

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    The heir to Von Miller did a pretty good impression of the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year as the No. 1 pass-rusher for the Aggies. 

    Despite a similarly small frame, the 6'2", 230-pounder utilized his quickness and burst to rack up 10 sacks and 17 tackles for loss for Mike Sherman's squad. 

    With Texas A&M moving to a 4-3 scheme, Porter is expected to fill other roles besides rushing the passer this season. 

    If he's able to showcase his versatility, the Big 12's leading sack artist should be a first-round lock. 

Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon

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    In a few years, we could be talking about Dion Jordan as one of the NFL's best pass-rushers. 

    That's because the imposing 6'7", 241-pounder has played defensive end for just two seasons after coming to Oregon as the nation's 10th-best tight end.

    In his first season as a starter, Jordan proved his coaches' decision right, racking up 7.5 sacks and 13 tackles for loss in 14 games. 

    The supremely athletic defender needs to fill out his frame, but if he continues to develop, he could become the next Jason Pierre-Paul. 

Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas

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    The case of Jackson Jeffcoat is a little bit like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

    When he steps off the bus, it's impossible to not be impressed by the 6'5", 250-pounder's chiseled physique. 

    When you turn on the game tape, it can be a different story. 

    Before he played a single down for the Texas Longhorns, Jeffcoat was already under enormous pressure to perform. 

    As a local blue-chip prospect, that comes with the territory. 

    He appeared in eight games as a freshman, tallying just 2.5 sacks before bursting onto the scene in 2011 with eight sacks in 13 starts. 

    However, all eight of his sacks came in the team's final seven games, leaving scouts to wonder what caused the sudden hot streak. 

    With his first step and prototypical frame, Jeffcoat possesses the upside to become an impact NFL defender, but can he become more consistent? 

Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn

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    After a nondescript start to his career, former Hialeah High (FL) star Corey Lemonier pounced at the opportunity to take down SEC quarterbacks. 

    The former 5-star prospect used his elite athleticism to lead the Tigers with 9.5 sacks. 

    Although he's undersized to play defensive end at the next level, the 6'4", 240-pounder combines an excellent motor with speed and quickness to impact the game. 

    Lemonier looks like an ideal candidate to play 3-4 outside linebacker at the next level, and he has plenty of growth potential. 

Brandon Jenkins, DE, FSU

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    After a sensational sophomore season in which he posted 13.5 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss, many expected Brandon Jenkins to enter the NFL draft after he completed his junior year. 

    Despite playing across from another talented defensive end in Bjoern Werner, Jenkins saw his statistics drop across the board in 2011.

    His tackle total fell from 63 to 41, and he managed just eight sacks and 12 tackles for loss. 

    Like many FSU defensive ends, Jenkins relies on speed more than size. 

    At just 6'3", 260 pounds, he may best be suited to play as a 3-4 outside linebacker, but he'll need a rebound year to get himself back in the first-round mix.