LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo impressed many with a strong showing at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, and is likely to see a further rise in his draft stock as a result.
The star Tiger, who had a huge game in his final game at the Chick-fil-A Bowl, was already being touted as a first-round draft pick by nearly all scouts at the combine, but he only further consolidated that thinking with a great on-field performance on Monday.
Mingo finished as the second-fastest defensive lineman with a 4.58 in the 40-yard dash to highlight just how athletic he truly is. He then coupled that with a 37-inch vertical leap and a 10'8" broad jump to confirm what most scouts were already thinking about him.
Teams would have been no doubt frustrated to some extent last season watching Mingo play, with the defensive end struggling to truly show the potential he had.
However, with his athleticism on center stage at the combine, it is clear that the LSU man is definitely worth picking up as soon as possible in the 2013 NFL draft and that, given the right coaching and assistance, has the chance to be a future star of the NFL.
He proved at the combine that his limited on-field production in 2012 was but a shade of the things to come when he finally hits the National Football League.
The biggest question, then, is how his draft stock is sitting after the combine. After all, Mingo was already being considered a top pick in the draft class this year, but did the athletic display he provided in Indianapolis move him any further than he already was?
Perhaps not as high as others, but Mingo was a definite mover.
His showing at the combine consolidated him as a definite top-10 pick this year, with teams unlikely to let him fall down the boards. Out of the potential pass-rushers who could see a slide on draft day, Mingo is incredibly unlikely to feature among them; teams simply won't let him slip by them if he's still available for selection by the time they are on the clock.
Tony Pauline at USA Today Sports had this to say about Mingo's combine performance and the manner in which it will affect his draft stock.
NFL teams were disappointed in Mingo's play last season, but his combine workout underscores why he's so highly ranked.His results, which included 4.58 seconds in the 40, a 37-inch vertical jump and a broad jump of 10-feet, 8-inches, ranked with the best of the group.
During drills, he displayed his athleticism and quickly moved around the field, practicing with balance and flexibility. Mingo was run through a battery of linebacker drills, with many teams projecting him on the outside in a 3-4 alignment, and he was flawless. He effortlessly moved in reverse, displaying an ability to get depth on pass drops, then exploded up the field.
Mingo has been all over draft boards the past two months, but his performance at the combine should cement him as a top-eight selection.
The defensive end could well see a move inside the top five of the draft in 2013 depending on free-agency pickups before then as well as what transpires in the first few selections of draft day—something that will no doubt be fascinating to track until then.
Mingo is a lock to be a top-10 pick this year, and whilst he might have already gone that high without a strong showing in Indianapolis, his combine proved that he is worth taking the risk on in terms of proven production and that he shouldn't be allowed to fall down the boards on draft day.
His athleticism is simply too good to pass up.
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