With the release of Frostee Rucker, it is clear the Cleveland Browns 3-4 hybrid defense is going to need some speed on the outside edge. Louisiana State University product Barkevious Mingo is an interesting name that keeps on popping up everywhere. Dare the Browns take him with the sixth pick overall?
Mingo, who was born in Florida, carries a 6’5″ frame and surprising speed. Mingo’s stats are not overwhelming, but he does swarm to the ball carrier and has a high motor. In 2011, the 22 year old finished third in the SEC with 15 tackles for a loss. Mingo, who goes by “Keke”, did earn second team all-conference in the 2012 season and finished with only four and a half sacks. Many believe he was not used to his full potential in the LSU defense.
Projected as a stand up weak side edge rusher in the NFL, Mingo is extremely explosive off the line. The Browns have lacked a player like that for years. NFL scouts have compared him to a hybrid version of DeMarcus Ware. The Browns would take that all day.
With switching to an aggressive scheme, Browns’ defensive coordinator Ray Horton must get a speed rusher in the outside. How great would it be if Cleveland had a player on the d-line that struck fear in to the opposing quarterbacks’ eyes? Mingo could be that very player.
Because of his speed, strength, and explosiveness, Mingo should go in the top twenty in this year’s draft. If the Browns could trade down and maybe grab a second round pick (seeing as they do not have one), I would be intrigued by Mingo.
With the sixth pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select…
Ryan Ruiz – Cleveland Browns Writer
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