PRO 2023 Rookie Spotlight: Jonathan Mingo, WR Ole Miss

Rookie Spotlight: Jonathan Mingo, Ole Miss
Height: 6-2 (unofficial)
Weight: 225 (unofficial)
Hands:
Arm:
40 yard dash: 4.56 sec (projected)
Age: 22
NFL Comparison: Bryan Edwards, N’Keal Harry, DK Metcalf
Breakout Age: 21 (senior)

Offensive Market Share Metrics (Final Season)

Receptions: 21%
Receiving Yards: 28%
Receiving TDs: 23%
Total Production Percentage: 24%

As a high school prospect: Class of 2019; 4-star

Pros
– Wide catch radius
– Glides down the field
– Successful at all 3 levels of the field
– Great play strength
– Good contact balance
– Imposing blocker
– Excellent body control
– Young for a four-year college player, will be 22 for his entire rookie season

Cons
– Some trouble staying healthy
– Some concentration drops
– Let’s ball fall into his hands rather than attacking it
– Lacks game-breaking acceleration and top speed

Scouting Notes:
Mingo is big and smooth. He’s built densely like a linebacker, but he glides down the field with ease. Armed with an impressive catch radius, he tends to let the ball come to him rather than attacking it at the catch point, but Mingo is a consistent threat after the catch with his fluid running style and ability to power through tackles. He wins at all levels of the field, as he’s got a quick release for a bigger guy, especially in tight spaces. He also has the deceptive ability to run past defenders down the field, even though he seems to lack elite long speed – He tends to get faster later in his deep routes; a guy who picks up speed once he gets rolling instead of on a dime. Once the ball is in hands, Mingo is a chore to bring down, as he’s pretty agile but he can also flatten defenders who come into his path. He brings that strength to his blocking. Mingo is effective and willing to throw blocks. Though Mingo displays soft hands, he can sometimes suffer from concentration drops, and he can be inconsistent on the whole at times. He also has had issues staying on the football field, most recently a broken foot in 2021. The fact that he didn’t break out until his senior season is generally cause for at least some concern, but we need to remember that Mingo had to sit behind guys like DK Metcalf, AJ Brown, and Elijah Moore to start is time in Oxford. He was a second-team All-SEC selection in 2022 and a Senior Bowl invitee. He also showed the ability to absolutely take over a football game verus Vanderbilt, where he set a an all-time school record for receiving yards (9/247) breaking Elijah Moore’s record of 238 just two years before versus the same Commodores squad. Overall, Mingo is a talented powerhouse who should be a better NFL receiver than he was in college.

Fantasy Outlook:
If not for Mingo’s ongoing health issues, I’d have him projected as a 2nd rounder, as his build and delicate athleticism are unique. A strong showing at this year’s Senior Bowl will go far in boosting his draft value, especially if he can manhandle these future NFL corners in man coverage. A versatile pass-catcher with soft hands and elite power, Mingo could develop into a no.1 WR on any team if he can stay healthy and continue to build his route tree.

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