THE LSU SUPER M’S OF THE 2013 NFL DRAFT!
Super Scout Max Emfinger
If someone started talking about Mingo, Minter, and Montgomery, you would immediately think that they were talking about a high-priced Law Firm. In this case, you would be wrong, but if you thought that it was a very high-priced Defensive Trio that was getting ready for the 2013 NFL Draft, then you would be correct. Also, you would be correct if you said that these those three young men were getting ready to become Millionaires. Actually their real names are Barkevious Mingo, Kevin Minter, and Sam Montgomery and here are their stories.
Lets see now. It was in the Spring of 2008 and the LSU Tigers were going to hold their LSU Junior Day on Saturday and I knew that Barkevious Mingo, who was a relatively unknown Super Star from West Monroe High School in West Monroe, Louisiana was going to be in Baton Rouge for the Event. I had watched Mingo play as a junior in 2007 and I thought that he was sensational. He was a huge linebacker (6-5, 220, 4.5) who had great speed and unbelievable agility and potential. Even as a junior, Mingo was all over the field, making tackles as he recorded 12 tackles for a loss and six sacks in making a rare Louisiana 5A All-State.
Since I knew that Mingo was coming to town for LSU Junior Day, I contacted him and a couple of his teammates to meet me at Kentucky Fried Chicken, on the LSU Campus, after they were finished with LSU Junior Day and they accepted my invitation. What was really Special for me was that I knew that I was eating Fried Chicken with a Future #1 Draft Choice. I also knew that Mingo was Flying Under the Recruiting Radar, but I knew that it would change quickly when College Coaches realized his unbelievable potential. At the Kentucky Fried Chicken, Mingo had not received a single scholarship offer yet.
One thing to keep in mind is that West Monroe is so powerful, most of the starters don’t even get to play but half of the game, so most starters will not record huge stats, because simply do not get to play very much. At any rate, Mingo helped lead his West Monroe High School team to the 2008 5A State Championship Game and then I knew that Mingo was going to be one of the most highly recruited players in the country.
In 2009, LSU was loaded at Linebacker and Defensive End and so Mingo Red-shirted. He played in all 13 game as a Red-Shirt Freshman and then as a Sophomore, Mingo became one of the most dominant pass-rushers in the SEC and his 15 tackles for a loss ranked ninth in LSU in a single season. He also recorded eight sacks with 46 tackles and 11 quarterback hurries. Also in his sphomore year, Mingo set a career high of five quarterback hurries in the SEC Championship Game against Georgia.
After recording 38 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, and 12 quarterback hurries, Mingo was Selected to the All-SEC Second Team and after this great season, he has decided to opt for the NFL and forgo his senior season at LSU.
After forgoing his senior season, Mingo showed-up at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine and wowed all of the NFL Scouts with his outstanding Measurables and Versatility. He was measured at 6-4.5 and weighed 241 pounds and then recorded a Legit 4.5 in the Forty; did an amazing 37-inch Vertical Jump; a 4.39 in the Pro-Shuttle; and an incredible 128-inch Standing Broad Jump. There were Running Backs and Wide Receivers who did not have faster Speed and Quickness Measurables than Mingo.
The reason that Mingo will be Drafted early in the First Round because of his Great Speed and Great Versatility. Mingo worked out with his hand on the ground at Defensive End and in space at Outside Linebacker at both the Scouting Combine and again at the LSU Pro-Day and he looked great at both positions.
Since Mingo can play both DE and OLB, I rated him at both positions. As an Outside Linebacker, Mingo recorded a 1,947 MEARS RATING and at DE, he recorded a Fabulous 2,057 MEARS RATING. So I averaged the two MEARS RATINGS and gave him an outstanding 2,002 MEARS RATING.
Although Mingo may have more overall potential than Kevin Minter, there was no player on the LSU Tiger Football Team this year that played better in each game, and particularly in the clutch games with all of the potential than Minter. As a Junior, in 2012, Minter recorded an amazing 130 tackles of which 15 of those tackles were for a loss. Minter was a member of my All-American First Team as well as making the Sports Illustrated All-American Team. He should have made every All-American Team in the country, but he surprised a lot of people and he never really got the national attention that he richly deserved. Minter was a Dick Butkus Award Finalist and that should indicate to you how great of a player that he was.
Minter was also a First Team All-SEC and his 130 tackles were the fourth-highest single-season total in LSU history. Those 130 tackles also ranked third in the SEC in 2012 and 14th in the country.
In the Seventh Game of the Season The LSU 4MB Defense included Kevin Minter, Sam Montgomery, Barkevious Mingo, and Jalen Mills and a Lamin Barrow. These five were the main reasons why LSU only gave-up 34-yards rushing to the explosive South Carolina offensive machine. The 4M’s have been the defensive leaders all season for the Tigers, but in this game WLB Barrow was also exceptional. In fact, Barrow probably had his best game of his career. All of their stats were very impressive.
Also, remember that Minter had 20 tackles in the game against Florida, but he had nine tackles against South Carolina while Barrow had eight and Eric Reid had seven tackles and a very key interception. Mills, Mingo, and Montgomery had four tackles apiece, but that’s not the whole story, because Montgomery had two tackles for a loss which were sacks for a minus 12-yards. Mingo also had a sack for a minus nine-yards as the Tigers beat the #3 ranked Gamecocks 23-21. These stats do not include quarterback hurries and I would guess that Minter, Mingo, Barrow, and Montgomery had several apiece.
Minter joins his LSU teammate Mingo in forgoing his Senior season for the 2013 NFL Draft. Minter might not be as fast as Mingo, but he is a very hard-hitting Inside Linebacker who capped a brilliant LSU career with one of the best seasons for a player at his position in LSU School History. Minter also recorded some great Measurables at the 2013 Scouting Combine. He measured 6-0 and weighed 246 pounds and did a 4.67 Forty; did a 34.5 Vertical Jump; a great 4.49 Pro-Shuttle; an outstanding 119 Standing Broad Jump and an equal 25 reps of 225 in the Bench Press. Minter recorded a 1,927 MEARS RATING.
Big Sam Montgomery was one of the most highly recruited players in the country when he came out of Greenwood, South Carolina in 2009. In fact, he was the #1 rated Defensive End in the country and he selected LSU over such Football powers as South Carolina, Clemson, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Miami, Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, and Southern Cal. As a Senior in High School, Montgomery was 6-4, 220, 4.44, and recorded a 36-inch Vertical Jump.
For the last two years, Sam Montgomery has been one of college football’s most dominant Defensive Ends and he was selected to various All-American Teams in both football seasons, including my First Team All-American this year, alongside Minter. Montgomery also earned First Team All-America in helping LSU go 13-0 during the regular season and reach the 2012 BCS National Championship Game.
Montgomery played in 32 career games with 26 starts. He also recorded 104 total tackles of which an amazing 32.5 tackles were for a loss, which tied him for eighth best in LSU history. Montgomery also had 19 career sacks which tied him for sixth place on the All-Time Career Sacks List.
Montgomery and Mingo formed one of the most feared Defensive End Combination in the country in 2011 and 2012 and with Minter at Middle Linebacker in 2012, SEC Teams had a very difficult time running or passing against the Tigers. Montgomery Redshirted as a true freshman in 2009 and then had his Freshman Redshirt season was cut short after five games due to a knee injury. Montgomery, along with Mingo and Minter have Opted to forgo their final season with LSU and enter the 2013 NFL Draft.
Montgomery was outstanding at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine as he recorded some unbelievable Measurables. He measured 6-3.5 and weighed 262 pounds and he ran an outstanding 4.72 Forty. He also recorded a 34.5 Vertical Jump; did a 4.51 Pro-Shuttle; and a 114 Standing Broad Jump. He also did 22 Reps of 225 on the Bench Press, giving him an outstanding 1,934 MEARS RATING.
NFL Scouts from all 32 NFL Teams were present at the LSU Pro-Day and although I was not able to attend, I was still able to see all three of these Super Stars on Video at either the Scouting Combine or Pro-Day. I believe that all three players are three of the best Defensive players in the 2013 Draft and I will predict that Mingo will go in the First Round and Minter and Montgomery will go in the Top Two Rounds.