We all should have seen this coming: the Cleveland Browns making a mistake. After all, you don’t get to be one of the worst franchises in the NFL without making plenty of mistakes. Well, Thursday night, the Browns made one more mistake when they drafted Barkevious Mingo of LSU with the sixth overall pick of the NFL Draft.
There’s no doubt that the Browns needed help on the defensive side of the ball, and there’s always a need for pass rushers, but sixth overall was too high to take Mingo. He’s a tweener that will have to move from defensive end to outside linebacker in the NFL, he’s unpolished, he needs to add strength and he openly admitted to not playing his hardest in some games last season. Does that sound like a sixth overall pick? Not even close.
The Browns clearly had their heart set on a pass rusher, so with Dion Jordan and Ezekiel Ansah off the board already, Mingo became their de facto choice. There were two cornerbacks in Dee Milliner and Xavier Rhodes and two defensive tackles in Sharrif Floyd and Star Lotulelei that would have made better and safer picks sixth overall. Any of those four players would have helped the Browns defense and would have been less of a stretch than Mingo.
Many mock drafts had Mingo falling into the middle of the first round, meaning the Browns may have been alone in thinking he was worthy of such a high draft pick. Do the Browns know something about Mingo that everyone else doesn’t? Considering the team’s recent history, probably not. There’s no disputing that Mingo has the talent to become an impact defensive player in the NFL, but he’s a long way away from proving Cleveland right for taking him sixth overall.
Bryan Zarpentine is a New York Mets writer at RantSports.com. He also writes frequently about the NFL, College Football, College Basketball, and International Soccer. Follow him on twitter @BZarp and add him to your network on Google+.