Originally Posted by Carbine
Mingo had 4.5 sacks last year....not like he was blowing it up.....and for a guy being drafted as a pass rush specialist (he's terrible right now at defending the run, get's washed out or planted on the ground waaaaaaaaay to much) I would be scared of that. I can almost guarantee Mingo will be a sub package player, playing roughly 60 percent of the snaps....maybe less.
Putting all those factors together, I wouldn't be sleeping well taking him 6th overall.
Watched a good bit of tape on him last night. I know in several games, he was used to protect the edge and spy the quarterback moreso than rush the passer.
Particularly against Manziel and Texas A&M, I thought he did a terrific job of keeping Johnny in the pocket. That was Manziel's worst rushing game of the season, I believe, and Mingo was a big reason why.
Watch this film and you can see his main priority is keeping Manziel under wraps and not to blindly rush the passer.
Further, he will be in a completely different defensive scheme on the next level. He looks much more like a 3-4 OLB to me than a 4-3 end who has to line up directly in front of massive linemen every play. No, he's not a big body who will be used to stuff the run on a consistent basis, but I see him as more than just a pass rusher, too. I could see him being effective dropping back in coverage with his skillset, speed and length.
Based on his athleticism alone, I'd think Horton could get creative and move him around. Banner obviously thought enough of him to move out of the pick if he wasn't there. Since supplementing that knowledge with what I've seen on tape, I'm happy with the pick.