The last time the Jets had a pass rusher with double-digit sacks in a season, Herm Edwards was still the head coach.

You have to go back to 2005 when John Abraham had 10 1/2 sacks to find a pass rushing force on the Jets. The team famous for the Sack Exchange in the 1980s desperately needs to find someone to make Tom Brady and other quarterbacks uncomfortable.

That could lead to LSU’s Barkevious Mingo coming to the Jets on Thursday night with one of the team’s first-round picks. No player has been associated with the Jets by draft experts more than Mingo over the last few months.

With Darrelle Revis gone, Rex Ryan’s defense needs a pass rusher more than ever. The 6-foot-4, 241-pound Mingo may be gone by the time the Jets are on the clock at No. 9, but if he is available the Jets might grab him.

Mingo is going to scare some Jets fans. He is small and had a fall-off in production last year. His sack total dropped from 8 in 2011 to 4 1/2 last year. The scars of Vernon Gholston in 2008 remain with the Jets’ fan base, and there will be comparisons.

Mingo said the drop in production is because of how the Tigers played defense last year.

“I don’t know about overall stats,” Mingo said at the scouting combine in February. “I know I had more sacks [in 2011]. Like I said, we kind of contain rushed a lot of teams to not let them get outside the pocket. It kind of took away from what we wanted to do, but it helped the team and helped us win.”

The questions about Mingo are not just about his production, but also his size. He is light to be a 3-4 outside linebacker. The Jets did not bring Mingo in for a predraft visit, but that could be a smoke screen to downplay their interest. Defensive line coach Karl Dunbar attended Mingo’s pro day at LSU.