04/25/2013 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 9. OLB Barkevious Mingo, LSU (6-4, 241, 4JR)...Mingo's draft projection is based more on potential rather than production, but he displays the length, quickness and overall athleticism to be a special edge rusher. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/29/2013 - 2013 LSU Pro Day: More than 20 players from LSU take part in pro day workouts...Representatives from all 32 NFL teams were present at LSU's pro day on March 27. Workouts were held indoors on FieldTurf on a very warm day. Among the notable attendees were Jason Licht, the Arizona Cardinals director of player personnel; Hue Jackson and Mike Zimmer of the Cincinnati Bengals; and the head coaches and general managers from the New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles. Twenty players from this year's LSU team participated, as well as six players from the 2011-2012 team.
Barkevious Mingo, DL (6-4 3/4, 237) - Mingo refused to do the bench but was off the charts in the positional workout. He did drills with his hand in the ground as a defensive lineman and in space as an outside linebacker. He's in magnificent shape. He worked out for more than an hour and never broke a sweat, but there are still concerns about his strength. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/29/2013 - 2013 LSU Pro Day: With a large contingent of NFL representatives on-hand, 20 draft-eligible Tigers worked out in Baton Rouge at LSU's on-campus pro day on Wednesday. Most of the top prospects like Barkevious Mingo and Tyrann Mathieu decided to stand on their times from the combine, but several other players were able to perform in front of several general managers and head coaches, including the Steelers' Mike Tomlin and the Saints' Sean Payton.
Mathieu and Mingo participated in positional drills and both impressed throughout the afternoon. Afterward, they were also popular in interviews as well, with the Honey Badger spending extensive time with Tomlin and several of the other NFL assistant coaches on campus. Mathieu is expected to be drafted sometime on the second day of the draft and Mingo is a likely first-round pick. Head coach Les Miles added that he wouldn't be surprised if Mingo is the "first defensive player off the board." - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/23/2013 - 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. "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. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange
02/23/2013 - 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. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange
02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, 10 players to watch: 9. DE Barkevious Mingo, LSU...A candidate to be a "workout warrior" this week, Mingo had only four sacks as a junior, but he could be one of the top pass rushers drafted in April based on athletic upside. He still needs to develop in several areas and continue to fill out his frame, but if he shines during the agility and positional drills as expected, it wouldn't be surprising to see a team take a chance on him in the top 10. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Workout warriors: With only four sacks last season, LSU's Barkevious Mingo is a polarizing prospect. Though he flashes special ability at times, his impact at the college level doesn't match the hype. However, Mingo should shine in shorts during the agility drills, showing off his natural quickness, burst and redirection skills. His athletic potential off the edge is the reason that he could be a top-10 pick. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/13/2013 - LSU coach Les Miles did not suddenly become a mean guy for whom no one wants to play. Instead, a perfect storm of talented third- and fourth-year juniors and the new collective bargaining agreement in the NFL led to a LSU-record 10 underclassmen on the 2012 team entering the 2013 NFL draft over the past two weeks. It may be a record for any school in a single season.
"I like the fact that we send guys to the NFL early and recruit guys with the potential to go to the NFL early," Miles said last week. "I want every guy that I recruit to have the opportunity to play a long, extended career in the NFL. I'd like to develop them."
Miles has been one of the nation's best recruiters since coming to LSU in 2005. He signed his highest-ranked classes ever in 2009 and 2010, and those players make up his 2012 junior class. Rivals.com ranked those two classes No. 2 and No. 6 nationally. They included a bevy of stars who helped lead LSU to a 34-6 record the past three seasons with a 13-1 record, a Southeastern Conference championship and a Bowl Championship Series title game appearance a year ago. - Glenn Guilbeau, USA TODAY Sports
01/05/2013 - The most juniors in the history of the LSU football program have announced they will enter the 2013 NFL Draft this April. As of Friday night, six LSU juniors had announced they would leave a year early, and more are coming. The latest was defensive end Barkevious Mingo of West Monroe on Friday night. KNOE TV in Monroe reported Mingo had entered the NFL Draft. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound defensive end with defensive back speed is projected to go the earliest of the LSU players in the April draft. - Glenn Guilbeau, Shreveport Times
12/31/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE Barkevious Mingo has just five sacks this season even though he's projected to be a high first-round pick in the NFL draft if he chooses to bypass his senior season and turn pro. But he does have 15 quarterback hurries and he'll at least have to hurry and disrupt Boyd, even if he doesn't sack him, for the Tigers to slow down the Clemson offense. - The Sports Xchange
12/08/2012 - 2012 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DL - Barkevious Mingo, LSU, has been selected Second Team All-Southeastern Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Mingo leads the team with 12 quarterback hurries, and he has accumulated 33 tackles this season, including 5.5 tackles for a loss and 4.0 sacks. - LSU football
12/08/2012 - 2012 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): LB - Barkevious Mingo, LSU, Jr., has been selected Second Team All-Southeastern Conference (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. Mingo leads the team with 12 quarterback hurries, and he has accumulated 33 tackles this season, including 5.5 tackles for a loss and 4.0 sacks. - LSU football
11/06/2012 - 11/05/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT FALLER: 2. Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU: LSU's dynamic defensive end duo of Sam Montgomery and Mingo boast top athletic skills. But their production hasn't matched the talent, and that's especially true of Mingo. Through nine games, he ranks 25th in the SEC in sacks (3.0) and 55th in tackles for loss (4.5) -- not the statistics expected of a prospect being mentioned as a candidate for the No. 1 overall pick whenever he decides to declare for the NFL Draft. Mingo has rare athletic ability for his size (6-4, 240), showing explosive speed and change of direction skills to close in a hurry. He looks natural in reverse when asked to drop in space with the range to chase down plays at all levels. Mingo also does a nice job using his long arms to get his hands into blockers or knock down passes at the line of scrimmage. However, his lack of strength has shown up at times, especially on Saturday against Alabama right tackle DJ Fluker who engulfed Mingo and didn't give up much ground. Mingo plays aggressively and embraces the power aspect of the position, but as a speed rusher, he needs to develop his pass rush moves and focus more on avoiding blocks rather than taking them on. As stated before, Mingo has been disruptive and played well this season, but at some point, his productivity will need to catch up in order for him to reach his full NFL draft potential. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
09/17/2012 - Week 3 Rewind: The No. 1 overall selection in the past four NFL drafts and 11 times over the past 15 years has been used on a quarterback. For a variety of reasons, this run on quarterbacks as the top pick could be put on hold in 2013. Southern Cal senior Matt Barkley has been widely regarded as the top quarterback prospect. He proved in a disappointing loss to Stanford that he doesn't possess the elite skill-set of quarterbacks taken No. 1 overall in recent years. The likelihood that a quarterback will be the first pick of the 2013 draft is lessened too by the fact that the weakest teams in the NFL have recently invested highly in the position. It is the simplest -- least discussed -- reason a player at a position other than quarterback is likely to earn the No. 1 selection: there appear to be plenty of front seven defenders worthy of consideration. My fellow NFLDraftScout.com analyst Dane Brugler and I each currently project outside linebacker types to earn the top pick in our mock drafts. Georgia's Jarvis Jones and LSU's Barkevious Mingo possess the elite traits and success against quality competition to warrant consideration. Most talent evaluators, after all, agree that pass rushers rank second in priority only to passers, themselves, for a team's sustained success in today's NFL. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
09/12/2012 - The Southeastern Conference is dominating the defensive line in the NFL when it comes to rosters spots in the league. The SEC sends more defensive linemen to the NFL than any other conference - and it's not even close. A review of NFL opening day rosters by STATS LLC shows 50 defensive linemen from the SEC. The Atlantic Coast Conference is a distant second with 33. Overall, STATS says the SEC easily leads the nation with 257 NFL players. Alabama coach Nick Saban says the SEC's six straight national championships began with strong defensive fronts. More top talent is coming. LSU defensive ends Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery could be first-round picks in next year's NFL draft. Mingo could go No. 1 overall. - AP Sports
09/08/2012 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: The Tigers will come at Keith Price from all angles and try to disrupt the timing of the Huskies' passing game. Ends Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery can pressure the quarterback with their one-on-one skills, but defensive coordinator John Chavis will bring reinforcements from a variety of angles. LSU hopes to force Price to hurry, giving its young secondary some help. - The Sports Xchange
08/30/2012 - Rob Rang's 08/30/12 Top 32 NFL Draft Big Board: 3. - The Sports XchangeBarkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU: An explosive edge rusher with the frame (6-4, 240) to intrigue scouts for NFL teams using 4-3 and 3-4 schemes alike, Mingo's speed, agility and surprising strength could result in a monster 2012 season. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/02/2012 - LSU will start the season ranked No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports Coaches' Poll, which again is flush with teams from the nation's most dominant league. The Southeastern Conference, whose teams have won the last six Bowl Championship Series titles, has five of the top 10 teams and leads all conferences with seven teams ranked in the top 25 that was unveiled Thursday. The Big 12 has six teams, including newcomers West Virginia and TCU. LSU received 18 first-place votes, two fewer than second-place Alabama. Southern California, which received 19 first-place votes, is third. Oklahoma, which opened last season No. 1, and Oregon round out the top five. This the first time since USA TODAY Sports began administering the coaches' poll in 1991 that the No. 1 team in the preseason had fewer first-place votes than the runner-up. The 15-point spread between first and third is also the tightest of any preseason poll in that span. This marks only the second time in the BCS era, which began with the 1998 season, that teams that played in the previous BCS title game began the season Nos. 1 and 2 in the coaches' poll. The other time was 1999 with Florida State opening No. 1, followed by Tennessee. FSU was No. 1 every week that season en route to the national title. - Eric Prisbell, USA TODAY
08/01/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON TED HENDRICKS AWARD WATCH LIST: BARKEVIOUS MINGO, LSU, has been selected a preseason candidate for the 2012 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award. On-field performance, exceptional winning attitude, leadership abilities, contributions to school and community and academic preparedness are some of the criteria used to determine the Award's winner. Montgomery and Mingo form arguably the top defensive end tandem in college football. The two combined for 17 sacks in 2011 and both ranked among the top seven in the Southeastern Conference in sacks and tackles for loss. - LSU football
07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL - Barkevious Mingo, LSU, ... Mingo led LSU in tackles for loss with 15.0 last season and finished second on the squad with 8.0 sacks. - LSU football
07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): DL Barkevious Mingo (126), LSU, Jr., ... Mingo led LSU in tackles for loss with 15.0 last season and finished second on the squad with 8.0 sacks. - LSU football
07/20/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU, has been selected to the Preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented the nation's top college lineman or linebacker each year by The Rotary Club of Houston. Montgomery and Mingo form arguably the top defensive end tandem in college football. The two combined for 17 sacks in 2011 and both ranked among the top seven in the Southeastern Conference in sacks and tackles for loss. - LSU football
07/18/2012 - 2012 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU, has been selected to the Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented to the National Defensive Player of the Year by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America. Mingo and Sam Montgomery represent one of the nation's most ferocious tandems at defensive end. Montgomery has produced 19.5 tackles for a loss and 11 sacks in two seasons, while Mingo has racked up 20.5 tackles for a loss and 10.5 sacks. - LSU football
07/10/2012 - 2012 BEDNARIK AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Barkevious Mingo, LSU, DE, Jr., has been selected to the preseason Bednarik Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the nation's top defensive player since 1995. A former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, Chuck Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 1969 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of 1967. The junior tandem of Sam Montgomery and Mingo give LSU arguably the nation's most outstanding defensive end production. Montgomery, a finalist for national defensive end of the year in 2011, has recorded 19.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks in two seasons. Mingo holds a team-best 20.5 career tackles for loss to go along with 10.5 sacks and 15 quarterback hurries. He ranked third in the SEC last season with 15 tackles for loss. - LSU football
05/15/2012 - 05/14/12 BIG BOARD, BEST FOR 2013: 4. *Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU: An explosive edge rusher with the frame (6-4, 240) to intrigue scouts operating for NFL teams utilizing the 4-3 and 3-4 schemes, alike, Mingo's speed, agility and surprising strength could result in a monster 2012 season. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com