Barkevious "Keke" Mingo is quickly becoming one of the most highly coveted prospects entering this year's NFL draft. At the NFL Combine Mingo ran a 4.58 40-yard dash and will most likely be utilized as an edge rushing on Sundays. LSU head coach Les Miles used him mostly at defensive end, but his 6-foot-4, 241 pound frame is ideal for an outside linebacker. NFL scouts are gushing over Mingo's speed and explosiveness off the ball, which will make him hard to pass up early in the first round
During Mingo's redshirt freshman year he tallied 35 tackles and 2.5 sacks which landed him on the freshman All-SEC team. The man nicknamed "KeKe" continued his brilliant play during his sophomore campaign when he registered 46 tackles, including 15 for a loss to go along with and eight sacks. Mingo's outstanding play during his sophomore year was named second team All-SEC. The LSU standout's play declined during his junior year when he had 38 tackles and 4.5 sacks. Although Mingo saw a decrease in production during the 2012 season, he still had a repeat for second team All-SEC to close out his impressive career in Baton Rouge.
Dion Jordan of Oregon University could be drafted as early as second overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Assuming this happens the Jets would have to pick between edge rushers Jarvis Jones of Georgia or Mingo. The Jets like to draft players that proved themselves during their college career. Mingo is making a transition from defensive end to outside linebacker. Because Jones enjoyed a more decorated career in Athens, he will most likely be selected No. 9 overall to the Green and White. That leaves Mingo falling to the No. 11 overall pick and playing his rookie season with the San Diego Chargers. If the Chargers decide to pick an offensive lineman then Mingo could slip farther down the board.
Mingo is definitely one of the top three outside linebackers in this year's draft, and he will be selected during the top 20 draft picks. The Jets would be lucky to land Jordan, that should be option number one, but Mingo is a great second choice. Jones may also still be on the board and is good option for Gang Green after a stellar career at Georgia. Don't let his junior year fool you, Mingo is athletic and should make a smooth transition to linebacker. If front offices across the league witness the same player from Mingo's sophomore year, then he should be an outstanding star for years to come.