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Barkevious Mingo fits the LEO position that the Jaguars will be looking for.
The Jacksonville Jaguars will likely get whatever defensive lineman they want with the No. 2 overall pick, as many expect the Kansas City Chiefs to pick quarterback Geno Smith with the first overall pick. With the Jaguars moving to a new defensive scheme involving the LEO position, they could repeat what the Seattle Seahawks did in the 2012 NFL Draft and go after a player with athleticism and length that fits the bill.
In Mocking The Draft's latest NFL Mock Draft, the Jaguars add another LEO to the mix.
No. 2, Jacksonville Jaguars: Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU:
The Jaguars are putting Jason Babin at the important Leo position, but Mingo is a much better fit. Look for him to be one of the superstars in Indianapolis. While he did have a down year statistically, the LSU defense called for him to play more contain and not over-pursue. He's athletic enough to play with his hand in the dirt or on his feet.
As Dan Kadar mentions, Mingo recently joined NFL.com's Bucky Brooks on a podcast and spoke about his down year. Mingo mentioned that the LSU scheme this year was more about contain and keeping the quarterback in the pocket since they played so many mobile quarterbacks. If you go back an watch LSU against Texas A&M, it's obvious Mingo is just trying to make sure Johnny Manziel sticks in the pocket. Mingo mentioned they couldn't just get after the passer like he did his sophomore year, so that's a part of why his sack numbers took a hit.
While many knock Mingo for his lack of stats, but to me that's a great sign of a player playing within the scheme and doing what the coaches ask of the defense. That's a big part of what Gus Bradley looks for, as made famous by his "Do your job!" rant we've all seen on YouTube.