One player that my buddy Tommy Lawlor thinks could go as high as 4 to the Eagles, or possibly even as high as 2 to the Jags, is Barkevious Mingo. Tommy likes Mingo a little more than I do and makes the case for him here:
Mingo can cover. He can rush the passer. I think he’s underrated as a run defender. Mingo needs to add some bulk and he must get stronger, but he’s not a finesse player. He will fire into blockers and fight to hold his ground or to push them backward. He uses his hands well and isn’t strictly a “run-around” guy. Some speed rushers are allergic to contact. Not Mingo.
Another point that Tommy makes is that OLB pass rushers are a very thin group this year:
By comparison, pass on Ansah and you could go get a DE in every round. Margus Hunt 2nd. William Gholston 3rd/4th. Joe Kruger 4th/5th. And so on. There are a bunch of interesting guys even beyond them. This is focusing on true DEs. If you mix in the Jonathan Hankins, John Jenkins, and Quinton Dials of the world, the number goes up even more.
There are a slew of good OTs. You can find one in the 2nd, 3rd, and possibly even 4th round.
Lots of Safeties and CBs.
Pass rushing LBs are the thin group. If that is a priority position, go for it early.
The Jets’ outside pass rush has been non-existent the last few years, and it has gotten old. Calvin Pace turns 33 in October and Bryan Thomas remains a free agent. The Jets did bring in Antwan Barnes from San Diego, but that’s not anything close to a guy that’s going to preclude you from drafting a talented player at that position, even if Barnes had 11 sacks in 2011.
The Jets are reportedly “smitten” with Mingo, who would give them a legitimately scary speed rusher who can also cover.
And his name is Barkevious Mingo. I mean… Barkevious Mingo.