STRENGTHS - A rare athlete with exceptional closing ability, Mingo is a dominating, impact defender when he plays aggressively and uses good technique. Although he does not always do it, when he anticipates the snap and is playing aggressively he has great first step quickness and the speed to out race the OT around the corner. His initial quickness enables him to play stronger than his measured size as he can jolt and drive OT backwards when he uses hands well and maintains leverage. Excellent foot quickness and agility allow Mingo to change directions in a flash, which helps him beat pass blocks with an outstanding spin move. Using his hands well to keep blockers off him helps him to consistently defeat/avoid OL run blocks to make plays on run at him. When he is unblocked he attacks the play and constantly makes big, impact plays behind the LOS.
WEAKNESSES - Mingo is not nearly as consistent as he needs to be. He goes through stretches where he pops upright at the snap and does not pass rush aggressively and when he doesn't he is non-effective. While he is muscular, he lacks the bulk to handle being a full-time DE in a 43 defense the way that most teams run their schemes. Even though he has a great spin move to beat pass blocker, he needs to tighten it up when he spins to the outside as he tends to get too far up the field after spinning and cannot get back into good position quick enough. On running plays away he does not consistently start down the LOS quickly, which limits his ability to make as many plays as he is capable of. His statistical production is not what it should have been.
SUMMARY - One of the harder players I evaluated this year, Mingo required much more time than most elite prospects to get a good feel for as he handled a number of assignments and because of his responsibilities he was not as statistically productive or involved as a player with his talent usually is. Although he will never be a big, stout run defender who can consistently anchor and shed OL run blocks at the NFL level, his use of hands, quickness and instincts help him to stay free from and avoid blocks and explode to the ball to make the play. Overall, if my team played a 43 defense I would only use a first round pick on him if the coaches were going to tailor the defensive scheme around his talents as his lack of bulk/size would hinder his production if he lined up close to OT all the time. If used as a wide rusher in a 43 scheme or an outside linebacker in a 34 scheme then I would definitely draft him in the first round as I believe he can be a dynamic, play-maker who impacts games as a run defender and pass rusher. .