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Barkevious Mingo says he’s getting bigger and faster

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Barkevious Mingo is undeniably talented — maybe the most talented player in this year’s NFL draft — but at LSU he was a 230-pound defensive end. And there aren’t many 230-pound defensive ends in the NFL.

So that’s why Mingo has been bulking up over the last six weeks. And Mingo says he’s getting significant results.

“The most important thing, I think, to show is that I’ve increased weight — putting on a lot of weight, putting on a lot of size,” Mingo said on NFL AM. “I’m weighing 245 now. I played most of the season at 230.”

Despite that weight gain, Mingo says he has actually gotten faster, and he wants NFL teams to know he’ll be able to play either defensive end or outside linebacker in the pros.

“I think I can do it all,” Mingo said. “I’ve been working on linebacking skills, driving back in coverage — that was something I was lacking at LSU. Working on getting my hands better.”

Mingo is widely viewed as a Top 10 pick. If he shows at the Scouting Combine that he really is bigger and faster, he’ll solidify that status.

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28 Responses to “Barkevious Mingo says he’s getting bigger and faster”
  1. dionoil says: Feb 13, 2013 11:12 AM

    Regardless of where he’s picked, he’ll have a top 10 nfl name.

  2. raiderfankirk says: Feb 13, 2013 11:13 AM

    boom or bust?

  3. mazblast says: Feb 13, 2013 11:14 AM

    I don’t know if he’ll be a good NFL player, but the PA announcer for the team that picks him will feel like a winner right away–

    “Stop made by #49, Barrrrkeeeevious MINNNGGOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!”

    Definitely the best name I’ve seen among this year’s draft possibles.

  4. landof10000lakes says: Feb 13, 2013 11:16 AM

    Mingo only pawn… in game of football.

  5. olcap says: Feb 13, 2013 11:24 AM

    Barkevious? Seriously?

  6. olcap says: Feb 13, 2013 11:28 AM

    Like a mixture of the words “Bark” and “devious”?

    Actually, I think Barkdevious sounds better

  7. bflo85 says: Feb 13, 2013 11:34 AM

    Sounds a lot like Aaron Maybin.. I wouldn’t touch him

  8. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 13, 2013 11:48 AM

    Barkevious added that he was going to get “smarter, younger, and taller”, as well, but few took him seriously.

  9. bcjim says: Feb 13, 2013 11:49 AM

    He also says he is someday getting an even dumber name.

  10. mullman76 says: Feb 13, 2013 11:51 AM

    Great name.

    Best ever.

  11. brownoholic says: Feb 13, 2013 11:58 AM

    Cleveland fans & media would be all over the ‘Bark’…

  12. granadafan says: Feb 13, 2013 11:59 AM

    Hmm, he’s a fine player, but he has some red flags. He’s never played at this weight. He admits he’s working on coverage skills, but has never shown to do it in game situations. Regardless, he has the coolest name.

  13. santamoss says: Feb 13, 2013 12:01 PM

    Maybe the Mingo ate your baby…

  14. goldrush4949 says: Feb 13, 2013 12:07 PM

    There is somebody named Barkevious Mingo?

  15. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 13, 2013 12:22 PM

    Despite having a very unusual name, Barkevious was seldom teased about it in school.

  16. ldfontenot says: Feb 13, 2013 12:58 PM

    Ever see a DE run down LaMichael James? KeKe (as he prefers to be called) did.

  17. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 13, 2013 1:01 PM

    He has the brain of a raven…..just saying

  18. dowhatifeellike says: Feb 13, 2013 1:08 PM

    Finally, a suitable challenger for D’brickashaw in the Outrageous NFL Names tournament.

  19. uwsptke says: Feb 13, 2013 1:09 PM

    He would have to play OLB in a 3-4. You just can’t play DE at that weight in the NFL, unless you’re a speed pass rush specialist playing maybe 50% of snaps.

    People might hate the comparison, but remember that Aaron Maybin put on something like 20-30lbs over his natural playing weight before the draft, and we’ve all seen how that turned out.

  20. ocon171 says: Feb 13, 2013 1:11 PM

    Great name yes but not by far the best. Bacarri Rambo has to be up there as well

  21. rgtre10 says: Feb 13, 2013 1:14 PM

    Why does Blazing Saddles float around in my mind everytime I hear his name…

  22. sveltegodzilla says: Feb 13, 2013 1:26 PM

    It’s really a shame the last name is the one that goes on the jersey, and even more so that his brother Hughtavious doesn’t also play football.

  23. mikellie says: Feb 13, 2013 1:28 PM

    “Barkevious Mingo says he’s getting bigger and faster”

    Steroids will do that to you.

  24. cmstrick says: Feb 13, 2013 1:44 PM

    Coolest name since Zane Beadles…

  25. rajbais says: Feb 13, 2013 1:55 PM

    This might be Aaron Maybin 2.0.

    Maybin went up from 227 to 252 by his pro day where he ran 4.59 in the 40.

    Maybin was somewhat helpful to the Jets in 2011 with 6 off-the-bench sacks, but he’s been terrible as a DE or with more weight.

    Both should be LBs with the ideal lbs!!!

  26. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Feb 13, 2013 3:07 PM

    Could be an effective pass rushing specialist type player. Compares to Bruce Irvin who Seahawks drafted in the first round last year. Irvin had a nice season.

  27. keepingitrealdumb says: Feb 13, 2013 3:12 PM

    he is already at the top of the Best NFL Names list .. and he isn’t even in the NFL yet. is that an awesome name or what?

  28. sveltegodzilla says: Feb 13, 2013 3:51 PM

    On the subject of names, one look down a draft board turned up Chance Warmack, Star Lotulelei, Ezekiel Ansah, Cornelius Carradine, Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Bacarri Rambo, Shamarko Thomas, Philip Lutzenkirchen, Cordarrelle Patterson, Levine Toilolo, Stansly Maponga, and of course Mingo.

    Goodell must be dreading the draft this year.

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