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NFL Mock Draft 2013: San Diego Chargers Select LSU Outside Linebacker Barkevious Mingo

April 23rd, 2013 at 10:08 AM
By Donald Lappe

The San Diego Chargers have a new head coach in Mike McCoy, who is tasked with taking over a team that never quite reached the pinnacle despite having a ton of talent for so many years. Much of that talent is now gone, with a few holdovers hanging on, and the Chargers are moving forward. The 2013 NFL Draft is an opportunity to bring in fresh talent in the hopes of contending in the AFC West once again. In our 2013 NFL Mock Draft, the Chargers select LSU outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo.

The San Diego Chargers need a replacement on the outside for Shaun Phillips. The team also lost Antwan Barnes, who recently signed with the New York Jets. Antwan Barnes was a situational pass rusher and Barkevious Mingo should be able to replace his production immediately. Taking Barkevious Mingo in the 2013 NFL Draft could also represent a slight shift for the Chargers, who always seemed to be much more high-profile on offense during their recent successful seasons.

Barkevious Mingo looks like a sack artist, with a great getoff on the edge. He has the speed to turn the corner and get after the quarterback and while he only posted 4.5 sacks last season, he had a ton of pressures. There are some concerns about his ability to be a complete outside linebacker and whether he is a three-down player. That rare ability to get after the quarterback will still make him a coveted prospect.

In an NFL Draft full or pass rushers, Barkevious Mingo could end up being the guy that slips out of the top 10 despite having the tools to be a nasty outside linebacker. If the Chargers can get him at No. 11, or if he slides further and another team can snatch him up, they'll be getting great value. After that, it will be up to the coaching staff to unlock his serious potential.

After a big spending spree this offseason, the Miami Dolphins are on deck at No. 12 overall. Even at just the 12th pick, the Dolphins have seen two AFC East teams already make selections in our mock draft. Miami went out and grabbed some interesting pieces in free agency, now they have to fill some needs in the 2013 NFL Draft.  

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