Jonathan Mingo King Fantasy Sports Rookie Profile

Jonathan Mingo - WR - Ole Miss

Jonathan Mingo was a late riser in the NFL Draft process. His name was whispered early in the year and rumors were leaked that he was a potential sleeper for a lot of NFL teams. As the NFL Draft grew closer, the louder the rumors were about Mingo being a Day 2 NFL Draft pick. And those rumors became reality as he was selected within the first handful of picks in the second round to the Carolina Panthers. But was that offseason rise just a hype train or was it warranted?

Measurables

Height: 6′ 2″

Weight: 220 lbs

Age: 22

40-yard dash: 4.46s

3-cone drill: DNP

20-yard shuttle: DNP

Vertical Jump: 39.5″

Broad Jump: 10-9

Bench Press: DNP

*age is at the start of player’s rookie year

College Stats

Receiving & Rushing Table
ReceivingRushingScrimmage
YearSchoolConfClassPosGRecYdsAvgTDAttYdsAvgTDPlaysYdsAvgTD
2019Ole MissSECFRWR71217214.310001217214.31
*2020Ole MissSECSOWR82737914.030002737914.03
*2021Ole MissSECJRWR62234615.730002234615.73
*2022Ole MissSECSRWR135186116.954-7-1.815585415.56
CareerOle Miss112175815.7124-7-1.81116175115.113
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 5/28/2023.

Notable Headlines

Jonathan Mingo had a fairly quiet collegiate career. He committed to Ole Miss as a high 3-star recruit per 247Sports and played in 7 games as a Freshman. In those 7 games, he produced a modest 12 receptions for 172 yards and a single touchdown. He had another mediocre sophomore and junior season as a few notable names like Elijah Moore, Dontario Drummond, and Kenny Yeboah buried him on the depth chart. 

All three departed by his senior season and Mingo had a career year with 51 receptions, 861 yards, 5 touchdowns, and another touchdown on the ground. Despite those three leaving, Mississippi State transfer Malik Heath was the leading receiver on the team with ~100 yards receiving more than Mingo. Nonetheless, Mingo was awarded second-team All-SEC honors and declared for the NFL Draft where he went on to be a late riser in the process.

Scouting Report

Positives

Mingo is a surprisingly fun watch on tape. He displays reliable hands and is willing to take contact over the middle. He provides a big-bodied target at 6’2” and 220 lbs, and has the ability to contort his body and show off very good body control and an impressive catch radius. He played a good amount of snaps in the slot with some snaps even as an inline blocker, but this past year played a majority of his snaps on the outside. There was success in both positions and at the next level projects as a big slot with the versatility to play both positions effectively. His blocking for teammates is exceptional, showcasing his ability to play to his size and length as a blocker, enough that Ole Miss sometimes trusted him to block inline.

As a route runner, there is room for improvement. But he showed a really good understanding of how to utilize leverage within his route running. He shields catch points with his big frame and can keep defensive backs off of impactful positions throughout the routes with his leverage. On the line of scrimmage, he showed a solid release package, speaking to his versatility and ability to play on the outside. As a yards-after-the-catch player, he is solid and gets what’s in front of him, occasionally creating a big play out of nothing.

Negatives

As mentioned in the positives section, there is room for improvement as a route runner. While he displays great leverage, he could be more consistent in his breaks. There are moments of excellence in his breaks, but plenty more where those breaks could be more explosive and crisp. At the line of scrimmage, he has an effective release package but can tend to get happy feet. He doesn’t consistently create separation as a route runner, but he does create just enough for him to win physically with his contested catch ability and catch radius.

Speed isn’t necessarily a concern, especially at his size, but he does lack a second gear and will rarely be making any house calls. In yards after the catch situations, he could prove to be more consistent in creating after the catch.

Post Draft Analysis

Carolina Panthers – Round 2, Pick 8

Landing Spot

Carolina gave up a haul to move up to the first pick in the NFL Draft, and that severely limited their options to improve the pass catchers on the team for their assumed quarterback of the future. Well, their assumed quarterback of the future became Bryce Young, and the wide receiver he gets to grow within Carolina is Jonathan Mingo, the fifth wide receiver off the board. With the wide receiver room consisting of DJ Chark, Terrace Marshall, Shi Smith, Laviska Shenault, and Adam Theilen, there’s an obvious and glaring need to improve this core. Outside of Theilen, none of these pass catchers have proven much in their albeit young NFL careers, and Theilen is entering his age 33 season. It’s probably safe to say that Theilen’s best days as an NFL wide receiver are probably behind him.

Fantasy Impact

There’s an obvious need for pass catchers as highlighted in the last section. That opens up a clear opening for Mingo to make an impact early and often in this offense. Even Theilen, as the most experienced wide receiver in this room, is still brand new to this offense. Mingo has a legitimate chance to be a starter early on in his rookie season with minimal target competition. And he can have a legitimate chance to grow alongside Bryce Young and develop into his most trusted target long-term.

In redraft, Mingo is a fun late round dart throw. Fantasy managers will know what they have in Mingo early on and with more reports coming out from OTAs and training camps. In dynasty, rookie drafts start drying up pretty quickly after the first round in superflex leagues. But the top of the 2nd round is still a fun tier and Mingo should reside near the top of that tier. He got the draft capital, is a good player on tape, has little competition around him, and is paired with a great quarterback prospect. He’s a great shot early in the second and again, a player manager’ should know what they have in Mingo sooner than later with his wide-open path to targets and playing time.

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