Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 4/25/13
With the 6th pick in the NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns selected Barkevious Mingo. Mingo, a Junior Defensive End from LSU, is an impressive pass rusher who has been part of one of college football’s best defenses the last 3 seasons. With the Browns switching to a 3-4 defense they will hope Mingo can provide them the edge rush and consistent pressure the defense needs. Here’s Mel Kiper’s profile on Mingo: Production 3 2009: Redshirt 2010: (13/1) – 35-5.5-2.52011: (14/3) 36-15-8 2012: (13/10) – 38-8.5-4.5Career: 11 PBU, 4 FF, 3 FR Height-Weight-Speed 1 Tall, linear frame with room to add bulk. Outstanding top-end speed for size. Ran a 4.58 40-yard dash, including a 1.59 10-yard split at the combine. Also turned in a 37-inch vertical jump, a 10’8′ broad jump, and a 6.72 three-cone drill (all of which first or second among DL at the combine). Durability 1 Played in all 40 games (14 starts) during three seasons of eligibility at LSU. Flexible athlete. Intangibles 2 Has matured from first year at LSU. Worked harder in classroom and weight room during final two years. No off the field issues to our knowledge. Nickname is KeKe. Dad is Hugh Mingo and mom is Barbara Johnson. Has four siblings: Hugh Mingo III, Hughtavious Mingo, Malik Johnson and LaDarian Johnson.   And here’s DraftBrowns.com’s Brendan Leister’s profile: Overall, I am a big fan of Barkevious Mingo.  I didn’t have high expectations coming in, but I actually liked what I saw from him in 2012.  He simply wasn’t asked to put heat on the quarterback off the edge every play in LSU’s defense.  It seemed as though he was coached to be extremely aware every play and to take running backs out of the backfield and to give up on his rush early if it meant that he could knock down passes.  I cannot be certain that he was coached to do these things, but that was what I took away from watching a lot of his games.  Had Mingo been asked to come off the edge every play with reckless abandon as many pass rushers are asked to do, there is no doubt in my mind that he would have been a lot more productive from a statistical standpoint.  If Mingo can learn to consistently fire off the snap low on a consistent basis, he has a chance to develop into an elite pass rusher at the next level.
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