Mingo is a big guy who technically spent most of his college career as a slot receiver, but has lined up everywhere from X to tight end. He brings size, versatility, a willingness to fight for contested catches, and an apparent willingness to block.
Add all of that to a guy who has insane athelticism and you get a guy who is a decent depth pick this year with the potential to grow into big name in the Panthers offense. Don’t forget that he’s a rookie in a crowded wide receiver room in Carolina, but all of those traits will help him find the field early and often.
You also shouldn’t expect a huge jump from him right away. His college production implies a strong need for development (or better utilization) in the NFL. At Ole Miss, Mingo caught 112 pass for 1758 yards and 12 touchdowns. That was across a four year career. His senior year was the only year he exceeded 30 catches, he caught 51 passes then for 861 yards and 5 touchdowns.
The Panthers top remaining draft needs:
Edge, LB, CB, DL
The Panthers picks in the 2023 NFL Draft:
- Round 1 (1) Bryce Young
- Round 2 (39) Jonathan Mingo
- Round 3 (93)
- Round 4 (114)
- Round 4 (132)
- Round 5 (145)