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NFL Draft 2013: Barkevious Mingo has some 'growth' concerns

Barkevious Mingo is considered one of the best pass rushers in the 2013 NFL Draft, but a lack of growth potential could keep him from being an every-down player at the next level.

Stacy Revere

Few would argue that Barkevious Mingo isn't one of the top pass rushers in the 2013 NFL Draft, but the former LSU linebacker may have a limited ceiling, according to Dane Brugler of CBSSports.com. Mingo's biggest issue may be his size, specifically his lack thereof:

Mingo measured in at 6'4, 241 pounds at the NFL Combine in February. His biggest nemesis will be offensive tackles topping 320 pounds in the NFL. Without sufficient mass, Mingo may have trouble escaping the clutches of the league's better blockers, making him ineffective against the run and relegating him as pass rush specialist.

That said, Mingo's explosiveness and potential as a rusher will likely keep him near the top of draft boards. And though it could become a problem in the NFL, his run-defending was considered a strength in college despite his lack of size. Brugler still has Mingo as his No. 2 outside linebacker for a 3-4 scheme (Mingo is No. 1 on SB Nation's board). Mingo is currently projected to go No. 7 overall to the Arizona Cardinals in SB Nation's latest mock draft.

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