New York Jets: Barkevious Mingo

Jets cuckoo for KeKe?

April, 24, 2013
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The New York Jets haven't drafted a rush linebacker since -- brace yourselves -- Vernon Gholston in 2008.

It's time to get back on the horse.

If they don't find a way to harass the quarterback, the Revis-less secondary will get cut to pieces by the likes of Tom Brady and the non-AFC East quarterbacks on the schedule -- Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, Joe Flacco, et al.

The answer to the Jets' problem could be a guy named KeKe -- aka Barkevious Mingo, LSU's undersized speed rusher.

He's got name. But does he have game?


Read the rest of the story here.

McShay's post-trade mock

April, 22, 2013
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ESPN analyst Todd McShay, responding to the Darrelle Revis trade, updated his mock draft to reflect the Jets' two first-round picks. Here you go:

1. Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

2. Jaguars: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

3. Raiders: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

4. Eagles: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

5. Lions: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU

6. Browns: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

7. Cardinals: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon

8. Bills: Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse

9. Jets: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU

10. Titans: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

11. Chargers: Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina

12. Dolphins: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

13. Jets: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

McShay's 5.0 mock: Dee-licious

April, 10, 2013
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ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay revealed his latest mock draft Wednesday and -- surprise -- he has a new pick for the Jets at No. 9 overall -- Alabama CB Dee Milliner. In most mocks, Milliner is gone by the sixth pick, but McShay has him slipping to the Jets, who could be on the verge of trading CB Darrelle Revis. Interesting.

McShay's top nine:

1. Chiefs -- Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

2. Jaguars -- Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon

3. Raiders -- Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU

4. Eagles -- Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

5. Lions -- Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

6. Browns -- Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

7. Cards -- Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

8. Bills -- Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

9. Jets -- Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

McShay's take:

Scenario 1: This turn of events is the perfect storm for a Jets team likely to part ways with disgruntled CB Darrelle Revis. Filling a major need with an elite player at this pick would be a slam dunk.

Scenario 2: Mingo's upfield explosiveness could be intriguing to coach Rex Ryan and his staff, who could surely put together a plan to maximize Mingo's skills.

Scenario 3: The Jets brought in G Willie Colon, but Vladimir Ducasse has become a second-round bust and New York could opt for the top guard on the board. In this case, that's Jonathan Cooper.

Stats and Info: The Jets' defense ranked 23rd in the league with a sack every 17.8 drop backs last season, and hasn't had a player record more than six sacks in a season since 2009. Mingo recorded 28 total pressures last season (QB hurries and knockdowns), tied for the second most in the SEC.

Kiper on Jets: Can't be picky

April, 3, 2013
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Beggars can't be choosers.

Essentially, that was the message Wednesday from ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper, who said the Jets have too many needs to force a "need" pick with the ninth overall choice in the draft.

"They have as many needs as any team in the National Football League," Kiper said on a media conference call. "There are so many question marks, so many areas they could go."

Kiper said upgrading the pass rush is "necessary" for a defensive-minded coach like Rex Ryan, and he tabbed Barkevious Mingo, an undersized speed rusher from LSU, for the Jets at No. 9. Kiper also said they need to upgrade Mark Sanchez's supporting cast, mentioning Stanford TE Zach Ertz as a second-round possibility.

"They’ve taken some hits (in free agency), they've got a lot of holes, they've got a ton of areas of need," Kiper said. "Don’t worry about filling needs, just take the best players. They’ve got so many need areas, you just take the best player on the board. Don’t force anything. For the first-round pick, if Mingo is there at nine, he’s worthy of being the ninth pick."

Mingo (6-foot-4, 241 pounds) played defensive end in college, but he's projected by many teams as a 3-4 outside linebacker. Right now, he's more potential than production, as he recorded only 4.5 sacks last season.

McShay's 4.0 mock draft: Mingo

March, 28, 2013
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Say this for ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay: He's consistent.

In his latest mock draft, the 4.0 version, McShay predicts the Jets will select LSU OLB Barkevious Mingo with the ninth overall pick -- same as McShay's 3.0 mock.

In the second round, he has the Jets selecting SMU DE Margus Hunt, whom Rex Ryan worked out personally Wednesday during the SMU pro day.

Here's the McShay top nine:

1. Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

2. Jaguars: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon

3. Raiders: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

4. Eagles: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

5. Lions: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU

6. Browns: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

7. Cards: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

8. Bills: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

9. Jets: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU

McShay's take: Mingo's ideal fit is at right end in a 4-3 system, where he can put his hand in the dirt and explode upfield after the quarterback. However, the Jets need an edge rusher more than anything, and that's what Mingo does best. He is also capable of dropping into coverage when asked, and I believe people will be pleasantly surprised by his pass-rush production in the NFL compared to what he did in 2012 at LSU.

Our mock draft, Version 1.0

March, 25, 2013
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With the NFL draft exactly one month away, it's time for our first mock draft. Things could change, of course, because of free agency, trades and late pro days, but here goes nothing. Because we're in a Jets-ccentric world, we're stopping at No. 9.

1. Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, LT, Texas A&M

2. Jaguars: Eric Fisher, LT, Central Michigan

3. Raiders: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

4. Eagles: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

5. Lions: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

6. Browns: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon

7. Cards: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

8. Bills: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

9. Jets: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU

Explanation: Readers may recall that I questioned the Mingo pick in the most recent mock drafts of Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, based mostly on the belief that Mingo (6-foot-4, 241 pounds) is undersized for an every-down linebacker in Rex Ryan's system. But I was talking to an opposing team's scout last week who reminded me the Jets were very high last year on Bruce Irvin, who was listed only 6-foot-3, 245 pounds at the time of the draft. Mingo has been compared to Irvin, who was picked by the Seahawks, John Idzik's previous team. So there you go.

McShay's new mock: Mingo to Jets

March, 6, 2013
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ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay has revealed a new mock draft, the 3.0 version, and it has the Jets picking LSU DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo at No. 9. Here you go:

1. Chiefs: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

2. Jaguars: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

3. Raiders: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

4. Eagles: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

5. Lions: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU

6. Browns: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon

7. Cards: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

8. Bills: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

9. Jets: Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU

McShay's analysis: I have no problem with Mingo as a top-10 pick. His lack of sack production is being overemphasized as he often faced extra attention from double-teams. There also were multiple games I saw on tape where he was limited in a gap-discipline game plan to limit mobile QBs.

Yes, he needs to get bigger and stronger in order to hold up better against the run. He also needs to improve his speed-to-power rush, but he is an explosive pass-rusher already and his motor is always running. He is athletic enough to occasionally drop into coverage, but he will get paid to get after the QB. That's exactly what the Jets need on defense.

My analysis: Mingo is a tremendous athlete, no doubt, but is he a scheme fit for the Jets? That would be my question. At 241 pounds, he's light for an every-down linebacker in Rex Ryan's 3-4 scheme. Ryan prefers outside 'backers in the 255-265 range. Chances are, Mingo would be a pass-rushing specialist as a rookie, developing into a three-down player by Year 2, a la Aldon Smith with the 49ers.

Kiper's mock: DE Barkevious Mingo

January, 17, 2013
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ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper, in his first mock draft, predicts the Jets will take LSU DE Barkevious Mingo with the ninth overall pick. I don't agree. At 6-foot-5, 242 pounds, Mingo is too small to play defensive end in the Jets' 3-4 scheme. They could always convert him to outside linebacker, a la Vernon Gholston, but that's always risky -- see Gholston.

Kiper's top nine:

1. Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

2. Jaguars: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M

3. Raiders: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

4. Eagles: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

5. Lions: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

6. Browns: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

7. Cards: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

8. Bills: Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame

9. Jets: Mingo

Kiper Analysis: Skill position questions are significant for the Jets, who need help at wide receiver, tight end and probably at running back. But the value might not be there at this spot, and for several years the Jets also have lacked a pass-rusher who scares opposing offenses. Mingo could be that player on the edge in Rex Ryan's scheme, strengthening a defensive line that is going to be very good on the interior as Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples develop into a couple of the best 3-4 defensive ends in the league. Mingo must add polish and play with better leverage, but his ceiling is extremely high and Ryan could do a lot with him.

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