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Draft gets a big (and great) name, Barkevious Mingo declares

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He’ll end up being one of the biggest names in this year’s NFL Draft, but he’s already one of the best names.

LSU’s Barkevious Mingo has declared he’ll leave school a year early to enter the draft, according to Randy Rosetta of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end figures to be a first-round pick.

He’s the sixth LSU player to leave school early for the draft, and more are possible. Fellow highly touted defensive end Sam Montgomery is expected to join him, along with Kevin Minter, Eric Reid, Tharold Simon, Spencer Ware and Brad Wing.

Mingo finished the season with 8.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks, numbers which don’t jump off the page. But with another bookend on the other side in Montgomery, it was harder for him to pile up individual stats.

Mingo first came to our attention as the winner of the 2009 Name of the Year tournament, but he has since become more than a curiousity, and will have a chance to make a name for himself in the NFL as a guy with great pass-rush ability.

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13 Responses to “Draft gets a big (and great) name, Barkevious Mingo declares”
  1. eddraves says: Jan 8, 2013 7:07 AM

    “But with another bookend on the other side in Montgomery, it was harder for him to pile up individual stats” Really? he’d have had better stats if he were triple teamed?

  2. eatitfanboy says: Jan 8, 2013 7:20 AM

    Sounds like the villain in a Quentin Tarantino movie.

  3. teal379 says: Jan 8, 2013 7:25 AM

    That’s the dude from Blazing Saddles right?

  4. vexey says: Jan 8, 2013 7:42 AM

    If Barkevious Mingo isn’t a great football name, I don’t know what is

  5. mattsffrd says: Jan 8, 2013 7:44 AM

    I really hope him and Mister Cobble end up on the same team

  6. chattanola says: Jan 8, 2013 7:54 AM

    During the first drive of the Chick-fil-A Bowl, Kirk H and Brent M must have said “Barkevious Mingo” 15 times in one minute. They just couldn’t help themselves.

    Barkevious Mingo. Hope he goes high and does well.

  7. tjacks7 says: Jan 8, 2013 8:08 AM

    I would think it would be easier for him to pile up individual stats with another top notch defensive end across from him. Opponents can’t double team everybody.

  8. subzero00 says: Jan 8, 2013 8:55 AM

    “Barkevious Mingo took your baby.”

  9. eatitfanboy says: Jan 8, 2013 9:17 AM

    There are other, more valid, reasons that really talented college players’ stats don’t always look as eye popping as people might expect.

    The most obvious is they play less games than their pro counterparts. Also, because college rosters are much larger, many teams have more players in the rotation than you would see on the next level.

    Lastly, teams like LSU tend to play in a lot of blow outs, especially early in the season, further limiting starters playing time.

  10. steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says: Jan 8, 2013 9:19 AM

    Bacarri Rambo

  11. onbucky96 says: Jan 8, 2013 9:22 AM

    Look out. The Chiefs ALWAYS have a weird man crush on LSU defensive linemen. If he goes to KC, ye been warned.

  12. hatesycophants says: Jan 8, 2013 9:25 AM

    Pain killers during delivery is the only explanation.

    That “A Cry in the Dark” reference is pretty funny.

  13. voyager6 says: Jan 8, 2013 7:03 PM

    Wasn’t he Flash Gordon’s enemy Emperor Ming from Mongo?

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