As Ole Miss wide receiver Jonathan Mingo prepares for the 2023 NFL Draft, there are several teams that could be the perfect fit for his skill set. With his impressive run-after-the-catch ability, play strength, and playmaking ability, Mingo has the potential to make a significant impact in the NFL.
In this article, we will explore the top four NFL team fits for Mingo, considering his physical presence and potential for success in the right offensive system. These teams could provide the ideal environment for Jonathan Mingo to showcase his talents and thrive.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs lost their 2022 lead receiver, JuJu Smith-Schuster, in free agency and could use another reliable receiving weapon alongside veteran Marquez Valdes-Scantling and the young duo of Skyy Moore and Kadarius Toney. That’s especially the case when Moore and Toney haven’t yet established themselves as reliable options in the Chiefs’ passing offense—neither was in Kansas City’s top five in pass-catching numbers last year. Mingo would be a good complement to what the Chiefs have now with his big frame, play strength, and run-after-catch ability.
Green Bay Packers
New starting quarterback Jordan Love is going to need more weapons around him to succeed in his first season as Aaron Rodgers’ successor. Allen Lazard is gone and the Packers are in line to start three second-year receivers in 2023: Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, and Samori Toure. None of those three players were active for all 17 games last season, so it certainly wouldn’t have hurt Green Bay to flesh out that part of the depth chart even if Lazard stayed. Mingo can be a reliable target for Love as a receiver that can take a quick pass and use his yards-after-catch ability to keep the chains moving for the Packers’ offense.
New England Patriots
The Patriots are another team that lost their lead receiver from 2022 but (perhaps ironically) also signed Smith-Schuster, the former lead receiver from the Chiefs, in free agency. That said, the Patriots’ current roster depth at receiver isn’t very moving, and new offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien would almost certainly like to get his hands on more weapons for quarterback Mac Jones. Mingo could be one of those young, new weapons that could work as a quick-game target for Jones. Whether it’s on screens, jet sweeps, or simply working from the slot, the Ole Miss product could use his frame to generate extra yards with the ball in his hands.
San Francisco 49ers
This is the one team on the list that hasn’t lost their leading receiver this offseason. Both Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel are still around for the 49ers, but No. 3 receiver Jauan Jennings is playing on a one-year tender as an exclusive rights free agent. That makes wide receiver a sneaky need for San Francisco in the upcoming draft. They obviously already have a very talented leading pair, but the 49ers will need long-term depth at the position for whoever is starting under center for them now and in the future. Mingo could be that extra weapon for San Francisco in the later rounds and bring his skill set to the Bay Area as a chain-mover in the 49ers’ offense.
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