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Now that the release of Calvin Pace is official, the Jets find themselves in need of two starting outside linebackers and will likely need to spend a first- or second-round pick on the position.
Mingo is one of the most explosive players in the draft whose game is predicated around his initial first step, but his production dipped off a bit in the middle of the 2012 season, planting a seed of doubt into evaluators' minds.
Still, players are drafted because of their traits, not college production. If Mingo tests well at the combine, it will validate all of his rare physical traits that flash on film. Otherwise, there may be a reason why Mingo was not as productive as expected in 2012.
Mingo played a bit light for an NFL outside linebacker at LSU at 230 pounds. However, he claims to have gotten much "bigger and faster" in recent months. The Jets, along with the rest of the NFL, will certainly be interested to see how he moves if he has indeed added bulk to his frame.
It would be the story of the combine if Mingo flunks the combine drills, but the Jets still need to keep an eye on his results to ensure that he is indeed worthy of a top-10 pick.