2013 NFL Combine: Mingo, Montgomery betting on greatness

By Jeff Reynolds | NFLDraftScout.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- It's pay-up time for LSU defensive ends Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo. Well, it's still pay-up time.

Teammates vying for draft position after competing for playing time and attention in Baton Rouge, they've made a few friendly wagers through the years. Mingo is still owed a car wash because he won their bet as to which player would first record a sack during the 2012 season.

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"We've had quite a few bets in our career," Mingo said. "I think our first one was the first sack for the season. He was supposed to wash my car because I won, and he hasn't done that. Then, we have most sacks in the season and on down the line."

The stakes have been raised for two possible first-round picks -- the powerful, muscular Montgomery and the explosive, athletic Mingo. They placed a $5,000 bet -- the second player of the two drafted must pay the first.

"I'm pretty confident in myself. He's gonna have to come with that one, and I get a
car wash," Mingo said.

Montgomery sat in on Mingo's press conference Saturday and asked a few questions, the first of which raised Mingo's eyebrow: "What sets you apart from the other defensive ends in this class?"

Mingo is 6-foot-5, 241 pounds, adding at least 12 pounds since the end of the season. He's being worked out as an outside linebacker because of his straight-line speed, explosiveness and natural pass-rushing traits. And he definitely doesn't fit the mold of a traditional 4-3 defensive end because of his weight. Mingo was asked a second question by Montgomery -- whether he'd continue to add weight or just focus on speed.

"My speed separates me from every other defensive end in this draft," Mingo said.

He'll go through the full battery of tests and on-field workout in Indianapolis. NFLDraftScout.com assigns first-round grades to both players. Mingo is currently ranked ninth and Montgomery No. 32. The odds are with Mingo, who had a question for Montgomery to end his press session.

"Why are you here? Go home. Go eat," he said.

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