The Cleveland Browns stuck with their original guns on Thursday night and drafted their guy all along. Former standout defensive end/linebacker for the LSU Tigers, Barkevious Mingo is a Cleveland Brown. Welcome to the Dawg Pound, kid.
While a lot of Browns fans across the globe wanted Dee Milliner or to trade the sixth position, the Browns vastly improved their pass rush by adding Mingo. You have got to wonder, though, was all the injured talk on Milliner just too much of a risk? I guess so.
The Browns knew all along that Mingo was their guy. In fact, an undisclosed deal was in place with another team to trade the number six pick if Mingo was gone. What does Mingo bring to the table for Cleveland?
Mingo is an explosive pass rushing specialist that is also exceptional when dropping back in to coverage. The Florida native is fast and will be a nice compliment off the edge to Paul Kruger. At 6’6″, Mingo could become that ultimate pass rushing specialist the team has lacked for years.
The knock on Mingo is his 240 pound frame and his durability. Mingo needs to bulk up before the season so he can take the pounding of an NFL season. This is a fixable thing though. The 22-year-old has a great work ethic and will be ready to go when the season starts.
I fully expect Mingo to be in the starting line up come September. With new defensive coordinator Ray Horton‘s aggressive style defense, Mingo fits right in with his high motor and relentless pursuit.
If there is a way, Cleveland must find their way back in to the second round in this deep draft. It is no secret that the Browns lack a cornerback and a safety in the secondary. Maybe we will see some creativity today.
Ryan Ruiz is a Cleveland Browns Writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @ryanpruiz24.