By Jay Skurski
Defensive end/outside linebacker
Measurables: 6-foot-4, 241 pounds
40 time: 4.58 seconds. Vertical: 37 inches. Broad jump: 10 feet, 8 inches. 3-cone drill: 6.84 seconds.
2012 stats: 38 tackles, 8.5 for loss, 4.5 sacks.
Draft projection: First round
Lowdown: Has the best first step of any prospect in the draft. Just explodes off the snap. At his best with his hand in the ground, attacking the quarterback. … Does a good job setting the edge against the run, despite his slight build. … Has the athleticism to cover running backs in the flat, but that’s taking away what he does best. … Good at getting his hands in passing lanes when he can’t get to the quarterback.
Has not developed many pass-rush moves, relying solely on his speed. … Needs to add bulk to his frame. Does not have the size to be an every-down defensive end as a rookie. … Production dropped in 2012 from his 2011 numbers, as his overall game did not show much growth. … Has never played outside linebacker in a 3-4, a position he likely will convert to if he goes to a team that runs that scheme.
Dad is Hugh Mingo and mom is Barbara Johnson ... Has four siblings -- Hugh Mingo III, Hughtavious Mingo, Malik Johnson and LaDarian Johnson. From a New Orleans Times Picayune story: "His father, Hugh Mingo, named two of Mingo's older brothers Hugh and Hughtavious. After that, his mother, Barbara Johnson, stepped in and combined the first three letters of her name with a name she liked -- Kevious." … Made some waves at the combine when he admitted to having a $5,000 bet with fellow LSU DE Sam Montgomery on which player would get drafted first.
He said it: "I think my speed separates me from every other guy in this draft. I'm a fast guy and I've got a quick first step and I like getting to the quarterback."
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