Day two of the NFL Draft is officially upon us, and one Ole Miss player is projected to hear his name called Friday night.
Jonathan Mingo, the Rebels’ top receiver from a season ago, is predicted by most outlets to be selected in the second or third round. Rob Paul of With The First Pick has the Brandon native going No. 65 overall (Rd. 3, Pick 2) to the Houston Texans.
“He is going to be a darling on day two,” Paul said during a recent appearance on SportsTalk Mississippi. “He has a skill set that there isn’t really anybody else in this class who can do some of the things he can do with that athleticism.”
Mingo, who stands at 6’2” and 220 pounds, had an impressive offseason in which he ran a 4.46 40-yard dash and had a vertical of 39.5 inches at the NFL Combine. The All-SEC receiver finished the 2022 season with 51 receptions for 861 yards and five touchdowns.
“It’s worth noting that this wide receiver class in general is very small. There are so many sub-185-pound wide receivers,” Paul said. “So, it’s a breath of fresh air to see a big guy like Mingo who can really go up and win it.”
As for teams best suited for Mingo, Paul said the former Rebel would have a chance to thrive if the New Orleans Saints were able to draft him with either the No. 40 or No. 71 pick.
“Mingo makes a lot of sense as that power slot (for the Saints). He’s an x receiver, but I think if he moved inside, he would be such a mismatch at that power slot at that size and could take over that Michael Thomas role,” Paul explained.
Other teams that should consider Mingo, according to Paul, are the New York Giants and the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Day two of the NFL Draft begins at 7/6c on ESPN.