2023 Raiders 7-round NFL Mock Draft: Best Player over Positional Need
Why does it feel like out of nowhere Ole Miss has become a wide receiver hotbed? After producing the likes of A.J. Brown and DK Metcalf, Ole Miss has pumped out another big-body wide receiver that looks like an intriguing NFL prospect in Jonathan Mingo.
Mingo measures in at 6-2 and a hefty 225 pounds but still runs a 4.46 40. His production is not all that impressive but the same could be said of his predecessors at the college level. In his senior season, Mingo caught 51 passes for 861 yards and five touchdowns. What stands out from his statistics are his yards per reception which sit at a tick under 17 in 2022 at 16.9.
The Alabama native is an incredibly tough player that makes big-time catches downfield and has a ton of run-after-the-catch ability. He has incredible physical tools and his size advantage over opposing defensive backs makes him a tough cover. The same size advantage is useful when blocking and he could be a solid replacement for Mack Hollins if he departs in free agency.
There are some concerns about his route running and quick twitch ability but as we have said for every other receiver we have mocked to the Raiders, he will have the benefit of single coverage in this offense and can be brought along slowly. Scouts are comparing him to Deebo Samuel because of his violent running style and every team in the NFL could use a player like that.