Preseason Player Profile: Barkevious Mingo

Barkevious Mingo

Defensive End

6’5” 240 lbs



-Underrated run defender. His ability to set the edge for a person his size is really remarkable. Textbook body position, he takes on the blocker, holds his ground, and looks inside for the ball.  Will struggle on inside runs because of his size.


-Good speed rush. He does a good job timing the snap and beating offensive tackles to the corner.


-When OTs cut him he deals with it well. Always scrambling to get back up to finish the rush or the get his hands up.


-It is hard to see any well-polished moves from Mingo. He is so quick on the outside and has so much complimentary talent on the inside he has been able to get away with just using is natural ability.


-Gets hands off of him well, generally active when trying to disengage. Doesn’t “settle” for being blocked.


-Mingo shows flashes of great timing when he punches OTs while they are backpedaling. I’m not sure if it is planned or just coincidental, but that is something to keep an eye on.


-Struggles with bigger blockers. He completely abused the Auburn offensive tackles in 2011, but really had issues with the Georgia tackles.


-If Mingo declared last year I think he could have been the top pure pass rusher outside of Whitney Mercilus. I would love to see him bulk up to 255-260 lbs. so that I could judge his speed with NFL size. If I was a team that needed a pass rusher and knew I could keep Mingo away from the bigger, more powerful offensive tackles then I would pounce on him.

About Will Lomas

Grew up in a town in Tennessee named Dyersburg, and played ball there. When I realized I was too small to play college ball, I found my passion in breaking down game film, analyzing athletes, and finding the little things that decides whether a player is good, bad, or great.

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