With the 18th pick in Pride Of Detroit's 2013 NFL mock draft, the Dallas Cowboys select LSU defensive end/outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo. Jerry Mallory is serving as the Cowboys' general manager, and his reasoning for the pick is below.
This was an easy pick for us. Mingo fills a need (LB/DE) and was rated very high on our board. We see Mingo producing similarly to Dion Jordan, who was drafted much higher. The talent is undeniable. Questions about motor and work ethic were quieted after an extensive battery of tests and interviews and by the tape we saw.
We loved Tavon Austin and Kenny Vaccaro also, so with them being off the board, the pick was even easier. Guys we looked at who are still available included Datone Jones and Tyler Eifert. We love what Mingo can become for us, especially under the tutelage of DeMarcus Ware.
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