Barkevious Mingo

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Barkevious Mingo
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Mingo during 2014 Cleveland Browns training camp
No. 51 New England Patriots
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-10-04) October 4, 1990 (age 26)
Place of birth: Belle Glade, Florida
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school: West Monroe (LA)
College: LSU
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 11, 2016
Tackles: 118
Quarterback sacks: 7.0
Forced fumbles: 0
Interceptions: 1
Pass deflections: 11
Player stats at

Barkevious Levon "Keke" Mingo (BAR-kee-VEE-əs; born October 4, 1990) is an American football outside linebacker for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns sixth overall in the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Louisiana State University (LSU).

Early years[edit]

Mingo was born in Belle Glade, Florida. He attended West Monroe High School in West Monroe, Louisiana, where he was a letterman in football and track. He played football for the West Monroe Rebels team under head coach Don Shows. As a junior, he tallied 55 tackles to go with six sacks and 12 tackles for loss, leading this to be named All-state in Class 5A. As a senior in 2008, he was a 5A first-team All-state selection, after recording 59 tackles to go with 7 tackles for loss and four sacks in helping West Monroe to the state championship game. He also added four forced fumbles and recovered seven fumbles. He played in the 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Also an standout track & field athlete, Mingo was a state qualifier as a sprinter. At the 2008 Region I-5A Meet, he took gold in the 400-meter dash, with a PR of 48.92, and ran the lead leg on the West Monroe 4 × 200m and 4 × 400m squads, helping them capture the state title in both events.[1] At the 2009 LHSAA Outdoor State T&F Championships, he took 5th in the 200-meter dash, recording a career-best time of 21.85 seconds, and finished 6th in the 400-meter dash, with a time of 49.54 seconds.[2]

According to and, Mingo was four-star college recruiting prospect.[3] He was rated as the No. 6 strong side linebacker by and the No. 9 by He was a member of the Rivals 250 and Scout 300. He was rated as the No. 5 best athlete among linebackers by He was rated as the No. 3 player in the state of Louisiana by SuperPrep and the No. 8 by

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Barkevious Mingo
Outside linebacker
West Monroe, Louisiana West Monroe High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 4.52 (According to Feb 4, 2009 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 6 (SLB)   Rivals: 9 (OLB), 155 (National), 8 (Louisiana)
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College career[edit]

Mingo attended Louisiana State University, and played for coach Les Miles' LSU Tigers football team from 2009 to 2012. He was redshirted in 2009. As a redshirt freshman in 2010, he started one of 13 games, recording 35 tackles and 3.5 sacks. As a sophomore in 2011, Mingo was a second all-SEC selection after recording 47 tackles and 8 sacks.[4] As a junior in 2012, he played in all 13 games with 10 starts, and earned second team All-SEC honors after recording 38 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss, and 4.5 quarterback sacks. He also led the Tigers with 12 quarterback hurries.

On January 7, 2013, he announced he would enter his name in the NFL Draft.[5] He was one of 10 LSU tigers underclassmen to declare for the draft.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 4 in 241 lb 33¾ in 9⅝ in 4.58 s 1.57 s 2.63 s 4.39 s 6.84 s 37 in 10 ft 8 in
All values from NFL Combine[7][8]

Cleveland Browns[edit]

Mingo was drafted by the Cleveland Browns with the sixth overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

In the second preseason game against the Detroit Lions, Mingo suffered a bruised lung and was hospitalized.[9] Overall in 2013, Mingo played 15 games with 42 tackles, 5 sacks, and 4 passes defended. In 2014, Mingo racked up 42 tackles and 2 sacks in 15 games. Mingo began the 2015 season as the starting outside linebacker but was relegated to back-up duties after a Week 2 win against the Tennessee Titans where he finished with 3 tackles. It was reported during the off season Mingo gained 20lbs for his position. On May 2, 2016, the Browns decided not pick up his 5th year option.[citation needed]

New England Patriots[edit]

On August 25, 2016, the Browns traded Mingo to the New England Patriots in exchange for a 2017 fifth-round draft pick.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Mingo is the son of Hugh Mingo and Barbara Johnson. He has two older brothers, Hugh III and Hughtavious Mingo, and two younger brothers, Malik and LaDarian Johnson. His unusual first name was created by his mother, adding the first three letters of her first name to a name she liked, Kevious.[11]


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  3. ^ "LSU Tigers profile". Retrieved 26 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "2011 Associated Press All SEC team". Retrieved 26 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Barkevious Mingo, Sam Montgomery, Bennie Logan of LSU Tigers to declare for 2013 NFL draft". Retrieved 26 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "LSU Loses 10 Underclassmen to NFL Draft". Archived from the original on January 15, 2013. Retrieved April 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles - Barkevious Mingo". Retrieved 26 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "*Barkevious Mingo - LSU, OLB : 2013 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". Retrieved 26 October 2014. 
  9. ^ Hanzus, Dan (2013-08-15). "Barkevious Mingo hospitalized with bruised lung". National Football League. Retrieved 2013-08-15. 
  10. ^ Orr, Conor. "Cleveland Browns trade Barkevious Mingo to Patriots". 
  11. ^ "LSU Tigers defensive end Barkevious Mingo relishes new role". Retrieved 26 October 2014. 

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