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Colts Free Agent Watch: Barkevious Mingo

Over the next couple of weeks, will take a closer look at the cases for the 2018 Colts' free agents. Next up, linebacker Barkevious Mingo

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts have a few fringe-level starting defenders they must address in free agency.

One of them is Barkevious Mingo.

The 2013 top-10 pick had a nice season in joining the Colts last year.

Mingo ended up starting 6 games for the injured John Simon, recording his first sacks (2.0) since the 2014 season and was a solid defensive piece while playing on special teams.

The 5-year career of Mingo in the NFL still has been a massive disappointment, after being selected 6th overall in 2013. He has 9.0 career sacks, with 5.0 of those coming in his rookie season.

What the Colts must decide with Mingo is his fit into a 4-3 defense.

At 239 pounds, is Mingo big enough to be a defensive end? He was an outside linebacker in their 3-4 defense.

Remember, in 2016 with the Patriots, the role for Mingo was non-existent on defense, while playing in a 4-3 system.


Percent I’d Bring Mingo Back: 60

-As a nice depth player, who can provide some size and speed on special teams, why not bring back Mingo? I’m not 100 percent sure on his fit in a 4-3 defense, but ideally Mingo’s role in Matt Eberflus’ defensive setting would be as a reserve. Size wise, Mingo is definitely not an every down defensive end in a 4-3 scheme. But I think he still could be a decent backup with some versatility on passing downs.


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