Barkevious Mingo wants to play defensive end, not linebacker, in NFL
Former LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo says he can bulk up enough to play the same position in the NFL. He might have a hard time convincing NFL coaches, who worked him out at outside linebacker at the combine.
NFL coaches worked out Barkevious Mingo at outside linebacker at the combine
“That’s what I have been playing my whole career,” Mingo said on WFTL radio in Fort Lauderdale. “I think I’m good at it. I think I can get better at it, which is a plus. Just getting bigger and filling out for that position is what the coaches want to see.
“That’s the main thing that are turning their heads away from me at this point. Putting on the weight and show the coaches that I can do it and that’s done.”
Mingo said he can add 20 more pounds to his frame.
“Put on 15 prior to the combine,” he said. “I think I can put on a little bit more than that.”
At LSU, Mingo was a speed end who had 15 sacks, 29 tackles for loss, 27 quarterback hurries, and 11 pass breakups in 40 games. Mingo did not become a full-time starter until his junior season in 2012.
For what it's worth, the Browns are moving to a 3-4 defense under new coordinator Ray Horton. The Bengals play a 4-3 under Mike Zimmer.
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