Barkevious Mingo

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Barkevious Mingo
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Mingo with the Cleveland Browns in 2014
No. 51 – Seattle Seahawks
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1990-10-04) October 4, 1990 (age 28)
Belle Glade, Florida
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school: West Monroe
(West Monroe, Louisiana)
College: LSU
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 3, 2018
Total tackles: 175
Sacks: 10.0
Forced fumbles: 3
Fumble recoveries: 4
Interceptions: 1
Player stats at

Barkevious Levon "Keke" Mingo (/bɑːrˈkviəs/; born October 4, 1990) is an American football outside linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Louisiana State (LSU) and was drafted by the Cleveland Browns sixth overall in the 2013 NFL Draft. He won Super Bowl LI with the New England Patriots over the Atlanta Falcons.

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 seven tackles for loss and four sacks in helping lead West Monroe High School 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 a 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

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
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 
Recruiting star ratings: 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.


  • "2009 LSU Football Commitments". Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  • "2009 LSU Football Recruiting Commits". Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  • " Team Recruiting Rankings". Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  • "2009 Team Ranking". Retrieved August 30, 2016.

College career[edit]

Mingo attended Louisiana State University, and played for coach Les Miles's 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 Team All-SEC selection after recording 47 tackles and 8 sacks.[4] In 2011, he contributed to LSU's successful SEC Championship season. 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, 4.5 quarterback sacks, and a team-high 12 quarterback hurries.

On January 7, 2013, Mingo announced he would forego his senior season and enter the 2013 NFL Draft.[5] He was one of 10 LSU Tiger underclassmen to declare for the draft that year.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
6 ft 4 in
(1.93 m)
241 lb
(109 kg)
33 34 in
(0.86 m)
9 58 in
(0.24 m)
4.58 s 1.57 s 2.63 s 4.39 s 6.84 s 37 in
(0.94 m)
10 ft 8 in
(3.25 m)
All values from NFL Combine[7][8]

Cleveland Browns[edit]

Mingo was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the first round with the sixth overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. He was the third defensive end to be selected in the draft, after Dion Jordan and Ezekiel Ansah.

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, five sacks, and four passes defended. In 2014, Mingo racked up 42 tackles and two 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 three tackles. It was reported during the offseason, Mingo gained 20 lbs. for his position. On May 2, 2016, the Browns decided not to pick up his fifth year option.[10]

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.[11]

On February 5, 2017, Mingo was part of the Patriots team that won Super Bowl LI. In the game, the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons by a score of 34-28 in the first Super Bowl in history to go to overtime.[12]

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

On March 9, 2017, Mingo signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Indianapolis Colts.[13][14] Mingo finished the season with 47 combined tackles (35 solo), two pass deflections, and two sacks in 16 games and six starts.[15]

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

On March 16, 2018, Mingo signed a two-year, $6.8 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks.[16][17]

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.[18]


  1. ^ "Region I - 5a Results - AHS". Louisiana Milesplit.
  2. ^ "LHSAA Outdoor State Championships - 3A, 4A, & 5A (Raw)".
  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. ^ Cabot, Mary Kay (May 2, 2016). "Barkevious Mingo's 5th-year option was not picked up by the Browns". Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  11. ^ Orr, Conor. "Cleveland Browns trade Barkevious Mingo to Patriots".
  12. ^ "Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons - February 5th, 2017". Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  13. ^ Jackson, Zac (March 10, 2017). "Barkevious Mingo will sign one-year deal with Colts".
  14. ^ Bowen, Kevin (March 13, 2017). "Colts Sign Outside Linebacker Barkevious Mingo".
  15. ^ "NFL Player stats: Barkevious Mingo (2017)". Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  16. ^ Alper, Josh (March 14, 2018). "Seahawks add Barkevious Mingo". Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  17. ^ Boyle, John (March 16, 2018). "Seahawks Sign Linebacker Barkevious Mingo".
  18. ^ "LSU Tigers defensive end Barkevious Mingo relishes new role". Retrieved 26 October 2014.

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