In the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, Mingo stole the show, running a 4.58-second 40-yard dash (second among defensive ends), had a 37-inch vertical jump (second), had a 128.0-inch broad jump (tied for first) and ran the 3-cone drill in 6.84 seconds (first).
The Cleveland Browns certainly took notice, and selected Mingo with the sixth-overall pick a couple months later in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Since that time, the LSU product has taken a little time to adjust to the pro game. He had five sacks his rookie season, two sacks the next season and hasn’t registered a sack the previous two seasons with the Browns and the New England Patriots, who traded for Mingo prior to the 2016 season. He would go on to contribute to the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
One thing Mingo has been able to do to this point, however, is find other ways to be disruptive. He has 11 career passes defensed, and in 2015 earned his first-career interception.
The Indianapolis Colts sure hope Mingo can put it all together now that they signed the free agent to a reported one-year deal this week.
The Colts are certainly in need of major help from a pass-rush standpoint, where the team has lost legend Robert Mathis to retirement, while Erik Walden, Trent Cole and Chris Carter have officially hit the market as unrestricted free agents.
Here are some of the key plays new Colts general manager Chris Ballard saw when he looked over Mingo’s game tape from the past four seasons:
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