2023 Senior Bowl Player Spotlight: Ole Miss WR Jonathan Mingo


On day two of the Senior Bowl in Mobile, AL, Jonathan Mingo was a guy who made some big plays. Mingo is from Ole Miss and was a preseason All-SEC second-team talent. He was able to start 12 games as a true freshman. Mingo measured in at 6-foot-1, 226 pounds with a 76 1/4″ wingspan. In his senior season at Ole Miss, Mingo played in 13 games, hauling in 51 catches for 861 yards and five touchdowns. His strong frame along with the talent he has was seen on the field on Wednesday in Mobile.

I was able to speak to Mingo today, and he evaluated his performance.

“I thought I did pretty good,” he said. “Just trying to stack good days on top of good days and trying to prove myself to the scouts and show them the type of receiver I am.”

The receiver made a really good move in one on ones against Kansas State cornerback Julius Brents, and I asked him about what he did to execute it.

“I was studying him yesterday,” Mingo said. “He was kind of like more of a mirror-type DB, but he tried to switch it up today. He tried to be handsy at the line, tried to jab me, so he threw me off my initial release. But, I was just trying to recover, so he was a little bit behind me.

“And I know I had like a comeback route, I mean a stop route trying to come back down my stem. I had him going and I was just trying to throw him back down so I go down my stem. My hands were a little high. I should’ve got my hands on the back plate towards the hips more because I got him tied up on the top of his shoulder. It was a good route. I’m just trying to compete. He is a good corner.”

He also talked about his approach to facing defensive backs who are taller and lengthier.

“I just try to use my size against them. They are long but I feel like I’m stronger and quicker than most of them so, he’s a strong corner. Long hands, tries to use his hands for his leverage. That’s an advantage he has, so I’m just trying to check his hands and use it against him,” Mingo explained.

Mingo is a guy in college who was known for his yards after the catch ability and wants to be able to bring that ability to the NFL. He also discussed that it doesn’t matter where he lines up on the field on Sundays; Mingo just wants to help his team win.

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