It’s the dead-zone, the time between the Super Bowl and the NFL Draft.
It’s painful for NFL addicts like me as there is no real news, just speculation, conjecture and endless reams of pre-Draft analysis.
Well if you can’t beat ’em why not join ’em, so here is my first little pre-Draft vignette.
Now there have been some crazy named players in the NFL in my lifetime, from Yancey Thigpen to Peerless Price (named after his Mum saw the name Peerless on a removal truck).
LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo takes the scooby snack as the greatest name ever in my opinion.
Marketing agencies will be salivating worse than a deserted dog in the desert, lining up the likes of an online gambling site called ‘Mingo Bingo’ and ringing up canine cuisine providers to pitch ‘Bark’evious dog biscuits as they crunch the loudest.
Mingo enters the 2013 NFL Draft as a junior, having only started 15 games in the past three seasons. He has averaged a sack a game in those starts, and he did play in the 2011-12 BCS Championship loss to Alabama.
At 6ft5 and 240lbs Mingo is the sort of ultra-fit bendy body that NFL teams will hope turns into the next Jason Pierre-Paul. With 27 quarterback pressures in his college career and four forced fumbles KeKe (as he is affectionately known) is well versed in wreaking havoc in opponents backfields.
Looking at the first round of the 2013 draft Mingo has the potential to go as early as #3 (Raiders) or #4 (Eagles), but will likely go between 6th and 10th. He is clearly not the most decorated defensive end, and by the time he puts on an NFL uniform he could be converted to outside linebacker, a move he has said he would embrace with open arms (ginormous muscly ones that is).
I can’t wait to see Mingo plying his trade in the NFL, even if it is just to hear colour analysts say “…and with a real fly in his ear is Mingo, his merciless pursuit of the quarterback showing what dogged determination he has…”