Mingo Rising

Barkevious Mingo

NFL teams are always looking for that next great pass rusher and freak athlete. There are a few in this draft but LSU's Barkevious Mingo could be separating himself from the pack. Could he go No. 1 overall? Check out where he falls in FoxSportsNext/Scout.com Mock Draft 3.0.

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Two things will jump out at you in my Mock Draft 3.0. First, the move made by Tiger defensive end Barkevious Mingo. He goes from No. 9 overall and to the Jets in my first two mocks to No. 2 overall, vaulting to Jacksonville. Mingo had a great week with his pro day and personal workout. He has NFL GMs, coaches and scouts drooling over his athleticism, size, length, speed, quickness, and versatility. Some are calling him the next Jevon Kearse. It wouldn't shock me at this point to hear the Chiefs talking about making him the top overall selection.

Second, where are the signal callers? In my first two mock drafts I have Geno Smith and Matt Barkley going to the Cardinals and Bills both times. Now with the Bills signing Kevin Kolb and the Cardinals the likely landing destination of veteran quarterback Carson Palmer I don't have either one of those teams taking a quarterback in the first round. Factor in Oakland trading with Seattle for Matt Flynn and it's anyone's guess as to when the first quarterback will be taken.

Round 1
1
Kansas City Chiefs
Player: Luke Joeckel
Height: 7-6
Weight: 306
Hometown: Arlington, TX
College: Texas A&M
Class: 2013 JR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 2
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Andy Reid

2012 Record: 2-14

ANALYSIS: Kansas City and new head coach Andy Reid have been very active this off-season, first with the Alex Smith trade and then shoring up some positions in free agency like cornerback, defensive tackle and tight end. Right now I see them taking Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher No. 1 overall. I see Joeckel as the safer selection of the two. The wildcard pick here for the Chiefs would be Barkevious Mingo. One source told me the entire staff met with him last week. Could he go No. 1 overall? For now, I will go with Joeckel.

Round 1
2
Jacksonville Jaguars
Height: 6-4
Weight: 241
Hometown: West Monroe, LA
College: LSU
Class: 2013 JR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 7
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Gus Bradley

2012 Record: 2-14

ANALYSIS: There are too many good pass rushers in this draft and this is the Jags most glaring need. Oregon's Dion Jordan would be a great fit. But I don't know if the Jags can pass on Barkevious Mingo. He's even more athletic than Jordan, is not coming off surgery (torn labrum) like Jordan, and he absolutely killed it at his pro day and personal workout where he ran in the 4.4s, vertical jumped 42-inches and moved like a DB in space. One assistant GM told me it was one of the greatest workouts he has ever seen. Many are comparing him to Jevon Kearse.

Round 1
3
Oakland Raiders
Height: 6-2
Weight: 297
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
College: Florida
Class: 2013 JR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 4
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Dennis Allen

2012 Record: 4-12

ANALYSIS: Now that Oakland has traded for quarterback Matt Flynn, the Raiders will most certainly address a defensive need here. The silver and black's defense is a mess and they need help at all three levels. Arguably the most pressing is cornerback and it wouldn't shock me to see them grab Alabama's Dee Milliner. But the Raiders also need to inject some life in their defensive front. So, for at least now, I see Oakland grabbing Florida defensive tackle Sharrief Floyd.

Round 1
4
Philadelphia Eagles
Player: Dion Jordan
Height: 7-6
Weight: 248
Hometown: Chandler, AZ
College: Oregon
Class: 2013 SR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 3
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Chip Kelly

2012 Record: 4-12

ANALYSIS: A handful of prospects have been linked to Philadelphia. They could use a cornerback (Dee Milliner) and an offensive tackle (Eric Fisher). But if Dion Jordan is available here Chip Kelly grabs his former player. Jordan is a versatile rush linebacker that can get after the quarterback and play in coverage. He's an outstanding talent and would immediately help the Eagles in their transition to the 3-4.

Round 1
5
Detroit Lions
Player: Eric Fisher
Height: 7-7
Weight: 306
Hometown: Rochester Hills, MI
Class: 2013 SR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 1
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Jim Schwartz

2012 Record: 4-12

ANALYSIS: The Lions have needs in several areas, especially at defensive end and at cornerback. But if offensive tackle Eric Fisher is still on the board here they select this offensive tackle. He's the pick for Detroit, replacing the retired Jeff Backus. You invest all that money in Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson you have to have the left tackle in place. Fisher is a piece to pencil in for a long time. To be honest, he could very well turn out to be the best player in this draft.

Round 1
6
Cleveland Browns
Height: 6-5
Weight: 271
Hometown: Millbrook, AL
College: Alabama
Class: 2013 JR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 6
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Rob Chudzinski

2012 Record: 5-11

ANALYSIS: The Browns spent some money in free agency and got some help on defense, both up front and at linebacker. They could still find some defenders to get after the quarterback like Jarvis Jones, Ziggy Ansah or Barkevious Mingo. But they could use another cornerback opposite Joe Haden and Alabama's Dee Milliner is still on the board in this mock. So he's the pick.

Round 1
7
Arizona Cardinals
Player: Lane Johnson
Height: 7-6
Weight: 303
Hometown: Groveton, TX
College: Oklahoma
Class: 2013 SR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 9
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Bruce Arians

2012 Record: 5-11

ANALYSIS: I am finally starting to believe that Arizona doesn't select a quarterback here. In my first two mock drafts I had the Cardinals picking Geno Smith. Arizona could go out and potentially land a veteran signal caller. Keep an eye on Carson Palmer and what happens with him and the Raiders. Or they could go get an arm in the second round. The offensive line play has been atrocious the past few seasons. They gave up 58 sacks last season. They need an offensive tackle and Lane Johnson is still on the board and this is the guy they pick.

Round 1
8
Buffalo Bills
Height: 6-5
Weight: 271
Hometown: Accra, Ghana
College: BYU
Class: 2013 SR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 6
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Doug Marrone

2012 Record: 6-10

ANALYSIS: With the Bills landing quarterback Kevin Kolb they can now focus on grabbing a young signal caller later in the draft. Now Buffalo will have several options where they could go wide receiver (Cordarrelle Patterson), offensive guard (take their pick) or grab a pass rusher? I get the sense it will be a pass rusher but it depends who's still really on the board. Another option could be trading out of this spot to grab an additional pick or two. For now, the Bills pick defensive end Ezekiel Ansah. That's one defensive end that they couldn't pass up. Ansah hasn't even scratched the surface of how good he can become. His upside as a defensive end is as good as anyone in this draft. Ansah could very well be this draft's Jason Pierre-Paul.

Round 1
9
New York Jets
Player: Jarvis Jones
Height: 6-2
Weight: 245
Hometown: Columbus, GA
College: Georgia
Class: 2013 JR
Position: OLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 10
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Rex Ryan

2012 Record: 6-10

ANALYSIS: In my two previous Mock Drafts I had the Jets taking Mingo but I don't see this talent from LSU being available at No. 9 now. New York needs a pass rusher so they opt for outside linebacker Jarvis Jones. I know about his chronic spinal stenosis and that he didn't exactly knock it out of the park at his pro day in Athens but the tape doesn't lie. He was the best player in the SEC for two years in a row and made a ton of plays behind the line of scrimmage.

Round 1
10
Tennessee Titans
Height: 6-2
Weight: 317
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
College: Alabama
Class: 2013 SR
Position: OG
Rating:
Overall Rank: 11
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Mike Munchak

2012 Record: 6-10

ANALYSIS: The Titans are an interesting team because you really don't know what direction they will turn to with this pick. They need help at both cornerback and safety and Florida State's Xavier Rhodes is a big physical corner that many feel can be an elite safety as well. Tennessee could also nab Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei. I could also see them making a play for one of the two elite offensive guards in this draft – Chance Warmack or Jonathan Cooper. I know Tennessee landed offensive guard Andy Levitre in free agency but they still need to replenish their offensive line. Warmack is too good to pass up. Tennessee has to get better up front, especially in the run game and kick starting the speedy Chris Johnson.

Round 1
11
San Diego Chargers
Height: 6-1
Weight: 210
Hometown: Miami, FL
College: Florida State
Class: 2013 JR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 20
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Mike McCoy

2012 Record: 7-9

ANALYSIS: San Diego will pray that one of the three offensive tackle slides to them at No.11. But in this mock they are all gone. The elite pass rushers are gone as well. So the Chargers take defensive back Xavier Rhodes. He's a big physical cornerback that may have a better future at safety. San Diego needs help at both positions.

Round 1
12
Miami Dolphins
Height: 6-11.5
Weight: 190
Hometown: Tacoma, WA
College: Washington
Class: 2013 SR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 22
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Joe Philbin

2012 Record: 7-9

ANALYSIS: It wouldn't shock me at all to see the fish select slot receiver and return man Tavon Austin with this pick. But in a division where you play Tom Brady twice a year you better be good in the back end. Like it or not, everything still runs through New England. Miami lost cornerback Sean Smith in free agency. With this pick the Dolphins take Desmond Trufant.

Round 1
13
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Height: 6-2
Weight: 311
Hometown: South Jordan, UT
College: Utah
Class: 2013 SR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 5
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Greg Schiano

2012 Record: 7-9

ANALYSIS: Tampa is courting New York for Darrelle Revis. Buc fans are hoping they land Revis and hold on to this pick (giving Jets 2014 first rounder). If they hold on to this spot Tampa Bay could certainly go cornerback but with the top three corners off the board they could address other areas of concern and key in on cornerback(s) later. The Bucs need a defensive tackle and a guy like Utah's Star Lotulelei is just too good to pass up and he would fill a glaring need, especially with the loss of Roy Miller in free agency. Lotulelei would also give Tampa a versatile player on the defensive front that could play the one, three and five-technique.

Round 1
14
Carolina Panthers
Height: 6-2
Weight: 294
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
College: Missouri
Class: 2013 SR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 13
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Ron Rivera

2012 Record: 7-9

ANALYSIS: Carolina has to be tempted to pick a cornerback here but they go with defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson. He would give the Panther defense a big boost, as Carolina continues to rebuild that side of the ball. Richardson is very quick and athletic for a big man on the inside.

Round 1
15
New Orleans Saints
Height: 6-0
Weight: 214
Hometown: Early, TX
College: Texas
Class: 2013 SR
Position: S
Rating:
Overall Rank: 18
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Sean Payton

2012 Record: 7-9

ANALYSIS: With the elite pass rushers off the board the Saints address the secondary by picking up the draft's top safety in Kenny Vaccaro from Texas. New Orleans is certainly a team that could move up or down this draft's first round depending on what happens ahead of them.

Round 1
16
St. Louis Rams
Player: Tavon Austin
Height: 6-8
Weight: 174
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
College: West Virginia
Class: 2013 SR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: 12
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Jeff Fisher

2012 Record: 7-8

ANALYSIS: The Rams need some weapons in the passing game, especially after losing Danny Amendola. If they want to land Tavon Austin they better draft him here. I don't think he would be around for their second selection in the first round. This is the most explosive player in the draft and once again St. Louis becomes the fastest show on turf. In all honestly, St. Louis will be lucky to land him here.

Round 1
17
Pittsburgh Steelers
Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 216
Hometown: Rock Hill, SC
College: Tennessee
Class: 2013 JR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: 15
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Mike Tomlin

2012 Record: 8-8

ANALYSIS: The Steelers could go in a few directions - receiver, pass rusher or safety. Don't be surprised if they try and find a trade partner to move down this round. The Steelers love safety Eric Reid from LSU but taking him here is too high. If Pittsburgh stands pat they could very well turn their attention to Cordarrelle Patterson. They lost the explosive Mike Wallace and are basically getting the same player in Patterson. He just needs more experience.

Round 1
18
Dallas Cowboys
Height: 6-2
Weight: 311
Hometown: Wilmington, NC
Class: 2013 SR
Position: OG
Rating:
Overall Rank: 14
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Jason Garrett

2012 Record: 8-8

ANALYSIS: Dallas's primary need is the inside of their offensive front. If Jonathan Cooper or Chance Warmack slide to No. 18 overall they will grab the one available. Here's, it's the versatile and athletic Cooper. It may not be a sexy pick but the draft is about filling needs and this one is about the size of the state of Texas. Dallas has to be better up front.

Round 1
19
New York Giants
Height: 6-5
Weight: 310
Hometown: Manchester, Great Britain
College: Florida State
Class: 2013 JR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 25
Pos Rank: 5

Head Coach: Tom Coughlin

2012 Record: 9-7

ANALYSIS: The Giants could go linebacker here (Alex Ogletree) or even defensive end or tackle. But they would like to fortify the offensive front. New York likes Menelik Watson over D.J. Fluker. You have to protect the franchise (Eli Manning). Watson is a little green right now but is upside at right tackle is enormous. This kid is long, athletic and picks things up very quickly.

Round 1
20
Chicago Bears
Player: Keenan Allen
Height: 6-2
Weight: 206
Hometown: Greensboro, NC
College: California
Class: 2013 JR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: 29
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Marc Trestman

2012 Record: 10-6

ANALYSIS: Chicago was pretty active in free agency and filled needs at tight end and offensive tackle. They would love Cooper or Warmack here but it's doubtful either one of those guards slides to No. 20. They could also go linebacker. Instead, the Bears land the talented receiver from Cal in Keenan Allen.

Round 1
21
Cincinnati Bengals
Player: D.J. Fluker
Height: 6-4.5
Weight: 339
Hometown: Foley, AL
College: Alabama
Class: 2013 JR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 17
Pos Rank: 4

Head Coach: Marvin Lewis

2012 Record: 10-6

ANALYSIS: The Bengals could very well go tight end or perhaps take FSU defensive end Bjoern Werner. But at this point they take another Alabama offensive linemen in right tackle D.J. Fluker. He's a massive, physical and dominant run blocker who could also star at right guard.

Round 1
22
St. Louis Rams
Player: Matt Elam
Height: 6-9.5
Weight: 208
Hometown: Palm Beach Gardens, FL
College: Florida
Class: 2013 JR
Position: S
Rating:
Overall Rank: 37
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Jeff Fisher

2012 Record: 7-8

ANALYSIS: With their second first round pick the Rams address a need at safety with the addition of Matt Elam from Florida. This kid made plays all over the field in Gainesville. He's a tad undersized but he's a physical presence that's always around the ball making something happen.

Round 1
23
Minnesota Vikings
Height: 6-2
Weight: 313
Hometown: Jefferson City, MO
Class: 2013 SR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 27
Pos Rank: 4

Head Coach: Leslie Frazier

2012 Record: 10-6

ANALYSIS: With the first of their two first round picks the Vikings draft North Carolina defensive tackle Sylvester Williams. He's quick, can penetrate and disrupt and fills a big need in Minnesota.

Round 1
24
Indianapolis Colts
Player: Datone Jones
Height: 6-3.5
Weight: 283
Hometown: Tacoma, WA
College: UCLA
Class: 2013 SR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 24
Pos Rank: 5

Head Coach: Chuck Pagano

2012 Record: 11-5

ANALYSIS: The Colts will continue to rebuild their defensive front. Datone Jones is the pick here. He's a versatile defensive linemen that played everywhere on the UCLA front. Cornerback is also a strong possibility with this pick.

Round 1
25
Minnesota Vikings
Height: 6-2
Weight: 242
Hometown: Newnan, GA
College: Georgia
Class: 2013 JR
Position: MLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 21
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Leslie Frazier

2012 Record: 10-6

ANALYSIS: With their second pick in the first round the Vikings draft a top 15 talent in Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree. Yeah he has had some off the field issues in Athens but you can't pass up what he brings to your defense. This former safety is great in coverage and has dynamite range playing sideline to sideline.

Round 1
26
Green Bay Packers
Height: 6-4
Weight: 250
Hometown: Rowlett, TX
College: Texas A&M
Class: 2013 JR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 34
Pos Rank: 6

Head Coach: Mike McCarthy

2012 Record: 11-5

ANALYSIS: The Packers haven't had a running game in a few seasons and it will be very tempting for Green Bay to pick Eddie Lacy. They could also go tight end and look to land Tyler Eifert or Zach Ertz. However, their defense has to get better. While Damonte Moore hasn't exactly had a great off-season what he put on film in 2012 was terrific at Texas A&M.

Round 1
27
Houston Texans
Player: Robert Woods
Height: 6-0
Weight: 201
Hometown: Gardena, CA
College: USC
Class: 2013 JR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: 35
Pos Rank: 4

Head Coach: Gary Kubiak

2012 Record: 12-4

ANALYSIS: The Texans have a need at linebacker but also on offense, especially at wide receiver opposite of Andre Johnson. Robert Woods is the name here and he would be an excellent complement to Johnson. Woods has good speed, is a terrific route runner and hands. Best of all he's experienced, polished and played in a pro-style system for three years. Woods is ready now.

Round 1
28
Denver Broncos
Height: 6-3
Weight: 266
Hometown: Salisbury, CT
College: Florida State
Class: 2013 JR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 16
Pos Rank: 4

Head Coach: John Fox

2012 Record: 13-3

ANALYSIS: Denver mistakenly lost defensive end Elvis Dumervil. Regardless of who's at fault the Broncos now have to address the defensive end position. Bjoern Werner slides to them here and John Elway and Denver are safe for now at this spot. Now it's up to Werner to fill some pretty big shoes.

Round 1
29
New England Patriots
Height: 6-4
Weight: 196
Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
College: Tennessee
Class: 2013 JR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: 40
Pos Rank: 5

Head Coach: Bill Belichick

2012 Record: 12-4

ANALYSIS: I honestly don't see New England standing pat with this spot. But if they do they could go a number of directions like offensive line, defensive tackle or cornerback. The Patriots also need a playmaker at wide receiver, as they have to get one of the game's greatest quarterback more weapons. Justin Hunter would be a super fit in that offense. Hunter has elite size and athleticism.

Round 1
30
Atlanta Falcons
Height: 6-0.5
Weight: 195
Hometown: Edinboro, PA
College: Connecticut
Class: 2013 SR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 67
Pos Rank: 8

Head Coach: Mike Smith

2012 Record: 13-3

ANALYSIS: There's no question that the Falcons could draft a tight end here like Eifert or Ertz to be the heir apparent to Tony Gonzalez. Neither player will be available with their next selection. They could also roll the dice and take a shot at defensive end like Tank Carradine or Alex Okafor. But they play in a division with Drew Brees, Cam Newton and Josh Freeman and some pretty darn good passing attacks. They need some youth and more talent at cornerback. They will have plenty to choose from at this spot with this position. Blidi Wreh-Wilson is the name called here.

Round 1
31
San Francisco 49ers
Player: Eric Reid
Height: 6-1
Weight: 213
Hometown: Geismar, LA
College: LSU
Class: 2013 JR
Position: S
Rating:
Overall Rank: 57
Pos Rank: 4

Head Coach: Jim Harbaugh

2012 Record: 11-4

ANALYSIS: Eric Reid is a guy working his way up the draft charts. Heck, he could be gone by the time the 49ers make this pick. San Francisco also needs help at other positions like on the defensive front, cornerback and tight end. While they can go in a number of directions at this spot I like Reid going to California here.

Round 1
32
Baltimore Ravens
Player: Kevin Minter
Height: 6-11.5
Weight: 246
Hometown: Suwanee, GA
College: LSU
Class: 2013 JR
Position: MLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 41
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: John Harbaugh

2012 Record: 10-6

ANALYSIS: The Ravens have lost a ton of veteran players via trade and free agency over the last few weeks. Replenishing the linebackers is a must and they grab middle linebacker Kevin Minter here.

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